Manchester Metropolitan University

Social Work

At the heart of social work is the promotion of human rights and social justice, and the protection of individuals and their families. It aims to bring about change through working in partnership with individuals, families and communities often at the point of distress and vulnerability. Our two-year, full-time masters degree is designed for first degree students who wish to become registered professional social work practitioners. As a registered social worker, you'll work within health and social care teams, and with partner agencies, from the police to housing services. You'll often be in situations that are complex and challenging but you'll help to bring about positive changes for individuals, families and communities. You'll consider topics such as how welfare is delivered across society, the psychological and sociological factors that impact on life, how the law can be used to safeguard and protect vulnerable people in society, and the ethical considerations for social workers. It can be difficult to appreciate the difference social workers make until you've experienced professional practice - and that's why you'll complete work-based placements in both years of this course. When you graduate, you can apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice as a social worker. Applications to this course must be made via UCAS with UCAS code L508.

Entry requirements

MA: Applicants are expected to have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at upper second class (2:1) or above. Applicants with a lower second class will be considered on an individual basis depending on their experience. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 in English & Mathematics and Key Skills) may be considered. Demonstration of a genuine commitment to social work and social justice is essential. Relevant experience and employment is highly desirable as is previous study in a social science or related areas.

Assessment methods

Written assignments, presentations, one seen examination and practice experience. Dissertation for the Masters award.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 - 2 Years

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Main Site M15 6BH North West

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