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International Social Work and Community Development

This unique programme is aimed particularly at international or UK students, with an interest in international social work, community development and comparative social policy. The programme will give you advanced knowledge about the theory and practice of social work and community development in an international context. You will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of global social issues (such as social exclusion, poverty and environmental degradation) and relate this knowledge to developments in their own country. You will be equipped with the skills to engage in research and to apply research findings effectively in practice. The programme includes a two-week placement in a social work agency and the opportunity to carry out research on an aspect of social or community work in the UK. Durham University is a world leader in International Social Work and Community Development. Our social work team edit the prestigious International Social Work journal and work closely with the International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

Course modules

Core Modules International Social Work (30 credits) Social Work: Context and Practice (30 credits) Field Based Learning (15 credits) Community Policy and Practice (15 credits) Practitioner Research and Dissertation (60 credits) Optional Modules In previous years, typical modules offered were: Youth Policy and Practice (15 credits) Management in Community Settings (30 credits) Policy Related and Evaluation Research (15 credits) Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits) Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Theorising Crime and Criminal Justice (30 credits) Crime, Violence and Abuse (30 credits)

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through essays, observation studies, project reports, case studies, group and individual presentations. Practitioner Research is assessed through a 12,500 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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School of Applied Social Sciences
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