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Social Work


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Social Policy and Social Work

Start Dates(s): September


Two years full-time 

Three years part-time


Part-time - £1,420 per 30 credit module

UK - £5,680 (for year one)

International - £13,500 (for year one)

In Brief:

  • Qualify as a professional social worker while gaining a master's degree
  • Integrate knowledge, theory, research and practical understanding to use in your professional practice with a programme designed collaboratively with service users, practitioners, carers, students and academic staff
  • A range of practice placement opportunities are available
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

We welcome students of all backgrounds who seek an MA in Social Work that develops critical analysis, open debate, questioning and dismantling of conceptual frameworks.  If you want professional social work training founded on principles of empowerment and social justice look no further.

This qualification opens up a challenging and rewarding career in social work, social justice and political activism within the diverse field of social care.  This nationally and internationally recognised qualification equips graduates to work in the voluntary, statutory and private sector within fields such as policy, therapeutic intervention, research and management.

Course Structure

This course comprises 50% academic study and 50% practice learning in a social work/care workplace setting.

The University makes every effort to assist students in finding a placement but is unable to guarantee that a placement opportunity will be available or that students will have access to the placement of their choice. There is a nationally recognised shortage of placements and availability is dependent upon external providers who are able to offer a limited number of placements opportunities. If you are unable to take up a placement opportunity you will need to return any funding that you receive from the Student Loan Company if you are not actively attending the programme.

Further guidance is available from the Practice Education Lead, Allison Coleman.


Year 1

Introduction to Professional Social Work

Human Growth and Development Across the Life Course

Social Work Law Policy and Practice

Professional Capability in Practice 1

Year 2

Safeguarding in Social Work Practice

Understanding social work research

Research in Practice

Professional Capability in Practice 2


Year 1

Introduction to Professional Social Work

Social Work Law Policy and Practice

Professional Capability in Practice 1

Year 2

Safeguarding in Social Work Practice

Human Growth and Development Across the Life Course

Year 3

Understanding social work research

Research in Practice

Professional Capability in Practice 2

For both the part-time and full-time route there are 30 days of skill development that run over the duration of the course.

Year 1            

This initial module prepares you for direct professional practice. It provides a critical and comprehensive understanding of the social work role.            
This module enables a systematic understanding of life stages as relevant to practice which are derived from sociological and psychological theory. It demonstrates the significance of relationships in social work and recognises the complexity of practice in assessing and intervening in people’s lives.            
This module provides an opportunity to focus on law and social policy relevant to the systematic process of assessment, planning, implementation review and evaluation.            
This module enable students to undertake a 70 day professional practice placement in an audited social work setting and support, the knowledge, skills and values set out in Professional Capabilities Framework (end of first placement level capabilities) and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work.            

Year 2            

This modules enables you to confidently apply law and social policy relevant to safeguarding in social work practice.            
This modules develops a critical understanding of social work research and its application to practice.            
This module will enable you to undertake an exciting research project and advance recommendations for practice in a particular area of service provision.            
This module enable students to undertake a 100 day professional practice placement in an audited social work setting and support, the knowledge, skills and values set out in Professional Capabilities Framework (end of final placement level capabilities) and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate honours degree normally at 2:1 or above.

GCSE: English & Mathematics at grade C or above

(In some circumstances, Level 2 alternative certificated qualifications in Maths and English; and a lower degree classification may be considered. Please contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss this before applying.)

How to apply

Applicants for the full-time course need to apply for this course through UCAS. The course is listed in the undergraduate section, under 'Social Work Studies - Postgraduate Entry'.

Applicants for the part-time course please apply direct to the University. For more details contact the Admissions Tutor.

Candidates who are selected for interview will be required to attend and complete a written test, group activity and individual interview (see below). Service users, carers and practitioners will be involved in the assessment process.

Acceptance on the course is also subject to satisfactory health and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance.

Interview process

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. The interview will include a written test, group activity, role play scenario, and a series of individual interview questions.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme:

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 7.0 band score with no score below 7.0.

If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses in our School of Languages.

Applicant profile

Students applying for the course come from a myriad of backgrounds which include the police, teaching, social care, business and direct from undergraduate study.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£5,680 (for year one)
Part-time£1,420 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500 (for year one)

Scholarships and Bursaries

Bursaries may be available for students on the full-time programme. For more information please see our funding section.

NHS funding for this course may be available to eligible candidates. You can find more information about this on the NHS website.


The course is delivered using an action learning approach which places the emphasis on group work and individual responsibility for researching and collaborating.


  • Assignments
  • Practice Portfolio
  • Independent Project
  • Exams
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Presentations


This course provides the professional social work qualification which enables graduates to work in any area of social work practice, including the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

Career Prospects

When you qualify you would enter social work which then offers you the opportunity to undertake post-qualifying training to enable you to progress in an area of social work which interests you – such as mental health or child protection. One of the joys of having a social work qualification is that there is no typical trajectory. It allows you the scope and freedom to mould your own career path in-line with your personal motivation.

Links with Industry

Our course is operated and developed in close conjunction with local social work agencies and local authorities.

Further Study

Social work research at Salford is a vibrant activity and you may choose to return to complete a research degree.

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