MSc Social Work

This is a professional programme that leads to a qualification as a social worker, meaning you can apply to register with Social Work England to work with children and/or adults as a social worker on completion of the programme. Alongside the professional qualification you will work with world-leading researchers in social work to achieve a master’s degree.

Aims, values and principles

As a student on this programme you will learn about the structural and personal factors that lead to oppression and inequality and be able to work within an anti –oppressive framework to challenge discrimination and disadvantage. You will develop skills as a reflective practitioner, able to appraise critically a range of evidence, including research, to evaluate your own work and that of others and to contribute to the development of policy and practice. You will gain knowledge, skills and values that will enable you to deal with complex dilemmas.

Collaboration with stakeholders

The University of Bristol has longstanding partnership arrangements with a consortium of social work agencies in the region, including statutory, voluntary and independent agencies providing a range of social work services. Staff from these agencies have worked with us to develop the programme. We also enjoy long-standing links with a range of service user and carer organisations. Representatives from these groups have been involved in teaching on our social work programme and have helped us to develop our policy and practice.

A Service Users and Carers Forum has been established since 2003. The role of the Forum is to ensure that service user and carer perspectives inform the teaching and learning which students undertake. This underpins all aspects of the programme, from selection to assessment. Service users and Carers have an active role in all elements of the programme including its design, admissions process, delivery of teaching and assessment of students' work. Students are also stakeholders and students’ ideas and feedback are highly valued.

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