MSc Social WorkFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
|Programme length||Two years full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2021|
This two-year professional programme is designed for people who want to qualify and practise as a professional social worker.
Social work is a demanding but highly rewarding profession, which is often in the public spotlight. As a qualified social worker you will be able to work with both children and adults, helping them to be safe, cope with difficulties and take control of their lives again. You will support people to identify their strengths and build their self-confidence, help them to overcome times of crisis, and link with other services.
This requires an ability to appraise complex and difficult situations, drawing on social science research, social work theories and methods of intervention. You will need a thorough understanding of social policies and a firm grasp of the legal powers and duties that underpin your practice.
The MSc in Social Work combines university-based learning with two extended periods of supervised practice as a student social worker in a social work agency. By completing this degree, you will be eligible to register with social work regulatory body (Social Work England) and practise as a qualified professional social worker in a range of settings, including statutory, voluntary, private and independent sectors.
You will develop an understanding of the structural and personal factors that lead to disadvantage, oppression and discrimination, and learn how to apply this understanding to your practice. You will develop values and skills as a reflective practitioner, appraising relevant evidence - including research - to evaluate your own and other people's work and to contribute to the development of policy and practice.
To explore the programme in more depth, view these videos which include interviews with students.
Fees for 2021/22
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- Overseas (including EU): full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2021/22
Currently there is a social work bursary available to students resident in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland (subject to eligibility/residency criteria). The University of Bristol will be allocated a set number of bursaries for each academic year, and the number of bursaries available does not usually cover the number of places we have available on the course. Consequently, some students enter the programme without a full bursary. They are either self-funded or sponsored by their local authority. We allocate bursaries according to performance during the interview day.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Social Work.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline. Relevant social work/social care-related experience. GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade A-C (or equivalent University standard numeracy and literacy) are required.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
After successfully completing this master's degree, you will be eligible to register with Social Work England and practise as a qualified professional social worker.
11 July 2021. Early application recommended.
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Emma Western Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email: email@example.com
School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TZ
School website: School for Policy Studies
REF 2014 results
- Social Work and Social Policy:
- 38% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 42% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 18% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.