Teesside University

Teesside University

Advanced Social Work Studies

This course enables registered social workers to build on post qualifying training and practice experience; further enhancing and developing their knowledge and skills and to obtain a Master's qualification that also recognises their level of capability within The College of Social Work's professional capabilities framework at advanced level capabilities. In the 1st year students study 2 core modules: practice education stage 2 and advanced assessment skills. The 3rd module is either court skills for social workers or negotiated learning. In the 2nd year there are 2 core modules: research for practice and leadership and management. The 3rd module is either achieving best evidence or a specialist option which can be chosen in partnership with the student's tutor from modules within the University catalogue. In the final year students undertake a final project using research skills developed in the 2nd year, which is focused on a practice/service related issue. The final project is supported with an allocated dissertation supervisor. Modules are delivered at the Middlesbrough and Darlington campuses. Students are engaged through a creative range of methods. Learning tasks are contextualised to allow students to make sense and apply understanding.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered social workers.

Course modules

Core modules: achieving best evidence in joint investigations; advanced skills assessment; court skills for social workers; final project/dissertation; leadership and management; practice education stage 2; research for practice. Plus 1 optional module: negotiated learning; specialist option.

Assessment methods

Both formative and summative assessment are used within the programme. Formative assessment relates to tasks and activities that receive feedback from a tutor. Formative feedback informs students of their progress and attainment during the programme but does not count towards the final marks. Students should use it to enhance their work towards their summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment evaluates knowledge, values and skills, and provides marks. Each module has a summative assessment which may be a portfolio of evidence or written assignments.

Sponsorship information

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information relating to funding will be updated on Teesside University website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

Key information

School of Health and Social Care
Telephone number: 
01642 384176