University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Social Work

This two year, full-time MSc is for graduates of any discipline wanting to train and qualify as social workers. Through its integration of academic and vocational learning, the course gives you everything you need to make a start in the profession. There is a focus on the applied social science knowledge base of social work and on the development of subject knowledge, skills and values. We address the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) throughout the course, as well as the Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers as set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC regulate both the profession of social work and the courses through which it is taught, and you are therefore required to conduct yourself in line with their guidance on conduct and ethics.

Entry requirements

Degree and/or experience: an Honours degree in any subject, normally with a minimum of Upper Second class honours; a satisfactory academic reference and/or transcript, indicating ability to study at level 7; understanding of, and preparedness for, social care and social work practice; experience of providing social or caring services; GCSE (minimum grade C): Mathematics and English at grade C or above, or equivalences. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7.0 overall, no element below 6.5To fulfil professional requirements students must have: satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance; full educational, employment and study history on application form (including details of any disciplinary record); satisfactory health declaration/clearance. All applicants who are shortlisted will be required to attend the University for interview, which will involve both an individual and group interview and a written test as part of the admissions process. All shortlisted applicants must confirm prior to interview/offer that they have the ability to use basic information technology (IT) facilities, including word processing, internet use, use of email and will be asked to specify how these skills have been obtained.

Course modules

Reflective social work practice 1; lifespan development: social and psychological contexts; legal and policy contexts of decision-making in social work; practice learning 1; research in social work: the dissertation; reflective social work practice 2; decision-making in assessment, risk and protection; contemporary social work practice; practice learning 2.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time - 2 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,580 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,580 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

Key information

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