Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Social Work

This programme aims to provide high quality post graduate social work education and training to equip students with a beginning capability to work in any agency employing social workers in the United Kingdom. It also confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a social worker upon successful completion of the prescribed programme of study. Although the statutory sector is the major employer, increasingly social workers are being recruited into the voluntary and private sectors, whether as commissioners or providers of services and whether in field, residential or day services. The programme seeks to encourage the personal responsibility of students to function as independent learners and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the role of social work in society.

Entry requirements

We normally require a 1st Class or 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. We will consider applicants with at least a 2.2 Honours degree in a related subject (e.g. education; sociology; social policy; politics; psychology; law; health and/or social care). Applicants must demonstrate how their previous experience in paid employment or structured voluntary work with a relevant organisation has prepared them for a career in Social Work. While there is no formal requirement for a set amount of time spent getting work experience we normally expect at least a year�s full-time (or part-time equivalent) experience. Applicants need to demonstrate what they have learnt from their own life/educational/work/voluntary experiences as appropriate to their life stage and how these have prepared them for a career in social work. Each application will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants must hold a GCSE Grade C in English Language and Mathematics or an acceptable equivalent at application stage and must possess basic IT skills prior to the start of the programme. An ability to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written English and the ability to think critically and analytically. Applicants will need to provide two references: an academic reference from first degree and a character reference from someone who can testify to their suitability for a career in social work. All applicants must demonstrate: Appropriate personal qualities and life experiences; ability to reflect on and positively learn from significant events in their life; recent undertaking of pre-course preparatory work either by making use of training opportunities within their work or by undertaking relevant study; the ability to express themselves orally and in writing and the ability to think critically and analytically; and an understanding of the role of research in informing social work practice. This is a highly selective course and only the strongest applicants will be invited for interview. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (with a minimum 6.5 in each component).

Course modules

Modules include: The foundations of social work practice; social work theories and practice; life-span behaviour and development; law for social work practice; social policy and sociology; professional skills development 1; practice learning 1; approaches to research; advanced theories for social work practice; what works in social work; professional skills development 2; practice learning 2; dissertation; family work; social work with groups and communities; empowerment, care and support in the community; social work with children and families; social work with adults.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Brunel University London Uxbridge UB8 3PH South East

Key information

School of Health Sciences and Social Care
Telephone number: 
01895 268846