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Social Work (Taught)

University of Sunderland
2-4 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Social Work

As a social worker you will have opportunities to make a real difference to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in society. You could take your career in a number of directions such as working in child protection, with young people in care, older people, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, homeless people, people with drug dependencies, or with any other group of people with specialist needs.

MA Social Work combines classroom learning and practical experience. You'll study the context of social work, legal and policy frameworks, social work theory, psychological and sociological theory, power, discrimination and anti-oppressive practice. You will consolidate this theoretical knowledge with two placements to put your learning into practice.

Admission requirements

  • a 3 year (4 year for Engineering) graduation degree from an AICTE / UGC recognised University
  • a 3 year (4 year for Engineering) graduation degree from an AICTE / UGC recognised University

Minimum grade

  • 55% (52% for Computing and Engineering programmes; 50% MBA programme with some experience)
  • 57-60% (depending on reputation of University)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course.

If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. The standard of English language required varies between courses so please check each course page carefully.

If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)
  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language
  • Malaysian SPM 1119
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II
  • Degree in English

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Program content

Modules on this course include:

  • The Social Work Context
  • Preparing for Practice
  • Theories and Models for Social Work Practice
  • Practice Placement 1
  • Critical Perspectives in Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Research
  • Social Work Dissertation
  • Practice Placement 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The full-time annual fee for this course is

  • £5,000 if you are from the UK/Europe*
  • £10,000 if you are an international student

Continuing studies

With an MA in Social Work you also have the option to continue in academia, and apply to study for a PhD.

Career opportunities

MA Social Work is a highly practical qualification. After successful completion of the MA Social Work course you will be eligible to apply to register with Social Work England as a newly qualified social worker.

Many Social Work jobs are with local authorities, but you could also work in an NHS trust, a voluntary agency, a charity, the Criminal Justice system or other agencies helping people in need of support.

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University of Sunderland

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University of Sunderland

Edinburgh Building, City Campus, Chester Road
SR1 3SD Sunderland

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