Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Social Work (Post-Qualifying Studies, Applied Social Studies)

This course explores the subject in detail, covering areas such as leadership; strategic thinking; and decision-making in a social work context.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Equivalent qualifications include the Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work. Where this is not met, applicants must show that their experience and qualifications enable them to study at postgraduate level through the uptake of references or through completing a reflective assignment on their practice. Please note that this programme is only open to applicants who are registered and working as Social Care Professionals within NI/UK. Social Work applicants must have a recognised social work qualification and be registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. It is important that Social Work applicants include their NISCC Social Care Registration Number in the Additional Information section of the application form.

Course modules

Child Care pathway: Advanced theory, and methods in child care; enhancing safeguarding practice; practice with children in state care. Strategy and Leadership pathway: Theories, and methods of change; leadership; strategic thinking; decision-making; modern organisations. Systemic Practice and Family Therapy pathway: Introduction to systemic theory, research, and practice skills: personal, and professional development at foundation, and intermediate levels. Systemic Psychotherapy pathway: Theories, and methods of systemic psychotherapy, and personal, and professional development at the qualifying level. Mental Health pathway: Context, and concepts of mental health law, ethics, and applied law, in mental health; social work practice development in mental health. Dual Diagnosis pathway is designed to enable social workers, addiction professionals, mental health workers and workers from allied health and social care sectors to gain an understanding of dual diagnosis, including definitions, UK and regional contexts and the application of theory in practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments, observations of practice, projects, and a dissertation (for the final 60 credits).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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