University of Bristol

Social Work Research

This programme is designed to build on the links between social work research and practice in a range of settings to develop the skills required by practice-based professionals and postgraduate students interested in carrying out social work and social care research. You will learn the skills researchers need in order to maximise the impact of their work in addressing real issues of concern with policy makers, managers, practitioners and service users in social work and care. The programme offers a combination of academic rigour, up-to-date practice content and relevant and transferable research skills development. Core units will draw on theories and research methods from across the social sciences - including economics, law and philosophy - providing you with a strong foundation with which to carry out your own research. Optional units build on the school's particular research expertise and will focus on the skills you will require as a social work researcher engaged with a variety of disciplines. For example, you may choose to study community development programmes in the context of poverty, interventions to tackle domestic violence, or programmes for young offenders. Other optional units focus on the wellbeing of particular groups such as children with disabilities, people with severe and long-term mental illness, or asylum seekers and migrants. We recognise that students will be joining with relevant, albeit varied, experience and there will be opportunities for you to draw on your own experiences as researchers, managers and policy advisers and to share these with other participants on the programme. A co-learning environment also allows students an opportunity to interact and share insights with other interest groups across postgraduate programmes. This programme does not include practical training or lead to a professional qualification in social work. If you want to study for a qualification in social work practice, please see the MSc in Social Work.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a social science or other relevant discipline; or an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject and a master's degree in social work; or a professional qualification in social work, substantial relevant experience and evidence of ability to benefit from the programme demonstrated through a personal statement. A professional social work qualification is not a requirement for admission to the programme. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website. MSc: An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science discipline, such as sociology, social work, psychology, economics, political science, management, history, philosophy and law. Degrees from other fields may also be considered; or an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject and a master's degree in social work; or a professional qualification in social work and relevant professional or voluntary experience. Also required is a personal statement that evidences your ability to benefit from the programme. A professional social work qualification is not a requirement for admission to the programme. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Course modules

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: The programme is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching and weekly delivery so that it is as accessible as possible to postgraduate students, busy policy professionals and practitioners. The way units are designed allows students to accumulate credits flexibly and organise their patterns of attendance to suit their needs and circumstances. The MSc and Postgraduate Diploma consist of four core and two optional units. A dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words is required for the MSc. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Research (http://www.bris.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCoho...) MSc: https://www.bris.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCoh...

Sponsorship information

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 17,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,650 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 14,240 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 5,840 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator
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01179546785