Ulster University

Ulster University

Social Work (Professional Development)

This programme is suitable for qualified social workers at various stages of a social work career (including undertaking practice, management, training and regulatory roles) and employed in any setting.

Entry requirements

Be registered with NISCC as a qualified social worker; be enrolled with the PQ office; be engaged for at least 12 hours per week in a paid or voluntary capacity in a post in which core social work values underpin practice and which provides supervised opportunity to practice social work in a professional role; have the support of their employer or supervisor of voluntary work to undertake study (verification may be required); have the agreement of their employer or supervisor of voluntary work that the work of the organisation can be presented in order to meet the requirements of the module; satisfy the University of Ulster and the PQ office of their ability to undertake study at postgraduate degree level by holding 1 of the following: a 2nd class honours degree (or higher) in social work; an equivalent standard (normally 50 percent) in a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in social work; a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma or an approved alternative qualification in social work.

Course modules

Initial professional development; practice teaching; probation board for Northen Ireland (PBNI); reminiscence; research methods; individual assessment route.

Assessment methods

A wide range of methods are used across the modules such as assignments, online participation, reflective journals, direct observation and verbal presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 4,995 per Academic year (home fees) 5 years
PgDip Part-time £ 4,995 per Academic year (home fees) 5 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jordanstown Campus Newtownabbey BT37 0QB Northern Ireland

Key information

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