Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Social Work

Manchester Metropolitan University has a long established programme of providing social work education including both post graduate and undergraduate qualifying courses in social work, doctoral level research, post qualification professional training and post registration training. The overall purpose of our programmes is to produce professionally capable, analytical and critical reflective social work practitioners, capable of working in any social work service or setting. We seek to develop professionals committed to a value based approach to practice and the promotion of social justice and positive social change. Our MA/PG Diploma in Social Work is specifically designed for postgraduates who wish to become registered professional social work practitioners and successful completion of our programme confers eligibility for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at upper second class (2.1) or above but consideration will be given to students with a lower second class honours (2.2) degree (or international equivalent). You will also hold a GCSE or international equivalent in English language. 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. GCSE Mathematics and English Language at Grade C or above, or equivalent, are required. Demonstration of a commitment to social work and social justice is essential. Relevant experience and employment is desirable. Study in a social science or related area is desirable but not essential.

Course modules

The MA/PG Diploma in Social Work is delivered over two years and focuses on: Essential values, skills and knowledge in social work; Critical perspectives on social work; Law, policy and social work practice; Research and research mindedness; Professional development and readiness for practice in social work. The programme covers social work with adults and also children and families. It also includes a range of Elective units from which you can choose specialist pathways and areas of interest. These currently include: Addictions, Fostering and Adoption, Immigration and Asylum, Mental Health, Personalisation, Working Directly with Children, Working with Older People, Youth Justice. All our programmes take a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Each individual student will receive a named personal tutor throughout their studies and have access to excellent dedicated student learning support services on site. Teaching and learning opportunities include lectures, seminars, student-led projects, presentations, workshops and self-directed study. The university library for social work is located on site and is excellently stocked and has the benefit of highly skilled and supportive specialist library staff. The programme incorporates two social work practice learning placements. The first placement is of 70 days duration and the second and final placement is of 100 days. The university has a relationship with a range of statutory, non-statutory, voluntary and private agencies providing social work services and social work placements. Students are fully supported throughout their placements by a specialist placement team and network of experienced practice based social work educators. Please note that students initially register for the MA in Social Work (including your professional social work qualification) which requires the successful completion of the postgraduate social work academic programme and placements. This route also includes completion of a Research Methods unit and Research Study (typically a dissertation). However, students can also complete their professional qualification with the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work. This route requires the successful completion of the postgraduate social work academic programme and placements but without undertaking the Research Methods and Research Study units. If you are invited for interview we will go through the programme in more detail on the day.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MA Full-time - 2 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

Key information

Telephone number: 
0161 247 6969