Durham University

Durham University

International Social Work and Community Development

This 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 students advanced knowledge about the theory and practice of social work and community development in an international context. It will encourage students 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. It will also equip students 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.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper 2nd Class (2.1) honours degree or equivalent.

Course modules

MA core modules; (30 credits) international social work; social work; context and practice; management in community settings; theorising crime and criminal justice; crime, violence and abuse. (15 credits) field based learning; community policy and practice; youth policy and practice; policy related and evaluation research; statistical exploration and reasoning; quantitative research methods in social science; qualitative research methods in social science. (60 credits) practitioner research and dissertation.

Assessment methods

The MA consists of five core modules, designed to give you an understanding of social work as it is practiced in the UK, and a thorough grounding in research methods and their application. You will also choose two specialist modules according to your particular professional interests. Finally, you will undertake a research project and write a dissertation. To achieve the master's degree, you must accumulate a total of 180 credits.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

School of Applied Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1473