University of Bristol

Social Work

This two-year professional programme is designed for people who want to qualify and practise as a professional social worker. Social work is a demanding but highly rewarding profession, which is often in the public spotlight. As a qualified social worker you will be able to work with both children and adults, helping them to be safe so that they can cope and take control of their lives again. You will work with them to assess their needs, find out what will help them, support them in building their self-confidence and link them to other services. This requires an ability to appraise complex and difficult situations, drawing on social science research, social work theories and methods of intervention. You will need a thorough understanding of social policies and a firm grasp of the legal powers and duties that underpin your practice. The MSc in Social Work combines university-based learning with two extended periods of supervised practice as a student social worker in a social work agency. By completing this degree, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (or the newly proposed social work regulatory body) and practise as a qualified professional social worker in a range of settings, including statutory, voluntary, private and independent sectors. You will develop an understanding of the structural and personal factors that lead to disadvantage, oppression and discrimination, and learn how to apply this understanding to your practice. You will develop values and skills as a reflective practitioner, appraising relevant evidence - including research - to evaluate your own and other people's work and to contribute to the development of policy and practice.

Entry requirements

MSc: An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline. Relevant social work/social care-related experience. GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade A-C (or equivalent) are required. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Sponsorship information

Currently there is a social work bursary available to students (subject to eligibility/residency criteria). However, the Department of Health continues to review the bursary allocation for social work education. The University of Bristol will be allocated a set number of bursaries for each academic year, and the number of bursaries available does not usually cover the number of places we have available on the course. Consequently, some students enter the programme without a full bursary. They are either self-funded or sponsored by their local authority. We allocate bursaries according to performance during the interview day.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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