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Social Work MA

De Montfort University
24 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Social Work MA

About this program

Social Work MA

DMU has a 30-year history of delivering social work education at undergraduate level. This course, recently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, uses this experience to offer social work qualification at postgraduate level with successful completion providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.

The course is vocational and up to half of it is spent on placement in social work settings. The course aims to produce capable and competent students ready to enter the profession and make a difference to service users’ lives. The qualification is generic so you will be able to work across a range of adult and childcare settings in both the statutory and voluntary sector.

Benefit from a variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, student-led learning, problem-based learning, self-directed study and e-learning. Alongside this, the Social Work MA has 170 days of practice-based learning.

We have strong links with placement providers which produce high quality placements supervised by practice educators. Placements are normally within the Leicester City or Leicestershire geographical area and are full-time work-based learning commitments.

Admission requirements

Typically, you need to already have a 2:1 degree and a minimum of 6 months full-time relevant paid or voluntary work experience, or equivalent (approximately 800 hours), within the social care sector.

Applicants who hold a 2:2 degree (in any subject) will be considered if they also hold an award at postgraduate level and have 6 months (approximately 800 hours) relevant experience. Related voluntary work as well as other relevant life experiences (e.g. informal care giving) will also be considered as part of this experience.

Applicants who hold a 2:2 degree but do not have a postgraduate qualification will be considered if they have at least 12 months full-time equivalent (approximately 1600 hours) relevant applied social work/care experience. Related voluntary work as well as other relevant life experiences (e.g. informal care giving) will also be considered as part of this experience.

English language requirements

All applicants must hold at least a GCSE grade C in English Language or agreed equivalent on admission.

For students whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 7 is required with no component below 6.5.

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Program content

Proposed Modules

  • Children and Families Social Work
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Values and Social Justice
  • Social Work Theories and Methods
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Understanding Professional Practice in Social Work
  • Research Methods
  • Placement One
  • Placement Two
  • Research Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

There will be a variety of teaching methods e.g. formal lectures, student led learning, problem based learning, self-directed study and e-learning within the course.


2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK/EU students: £6,600 per year
  • International students: £15,100 per year

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

Contact info

De Montfort University

The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

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