Social Work MA (CID1192)




University of Sunderland

Social Work MA

Course overview 

As a social worker you will be making a real difference to some of the most marginalised and at-risk people in society. You could work 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. As you help people access essential social services, your interventions can literally be the difference between life and death for extremely vulnerable people.

MA Social Work combines classroom learning and practical experience. You will 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.


Why us?

  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Endorsed by the College of Social Work
  • 170 days spent on practice placements

Teaching and Assessment

 This part-time course is taught during 4 the day at the University of Sunderland. This course takes four years to complete, compared to two years for the full-time Social Work MA.

A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars and workshops, with a strong emphasis on individual participation and discussion. During the first semester you will also develop a Practice Skills Portfolio that helps you to reflect and make the best use of supervision. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Your progress will be assessed with assignments, written coursework, presentations and workbooks/portfolios. Throughout the course you'll have one-to-one support from staff throughout your degree.

A full-time version of this course is also available.

Modular structure

Modules on this course include:

  • The Social Work Context

Explore legal frameworks and policy contexts for social work with adults, children, young people and families.

  • Theories and Models for Social Work Practice

Critically examine relevant theories, including social and psychological theories, and explore models of intervention.

  • Preparing for Practice

Develop practice skills, explore the role and value base of social work, and understand service user and carer perspectives.

  • Practice Placement 1

70-day practice placement, to be arranged by our Practice Learning Coordinator.

  • Critical Perspectives in Social Work Practice

Examine some of the contemporary issues in society, human rights and social justice and consider how these relate to the role of social work. You will also explore new developments in the integration of theory, policy and practice across a broad range of social work areas.

  • Social Work Research and Dissertation

Through researching and writing up a dissertation you will develop specialist knowledge around a specific issue relevant to social work and develop your understanding of research methodologies and methods.

  • Practice Placement 2

100 day practice placement, to be arranged by our Practice Learning Coordinator.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £351 per 10 credits if you are from the UK or EU. This part-time course is not available to international students.

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