University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Social Work

This full time course offers the opportunity to achieve a Masters degree and a professional qualification in social work; the course is committed to excellence in academic standards and research mindedness; the social work programme involves service users and carers in all aspects of the course and supports an inter-professional perspective in both the theory and practice of social work; students are required to undertake 200 days of placement in a social work setting supported by practice teachers and assessors; students study the law, social work with children; families and adults, research methods and complete a dissertation; there is a small group in each year and the staff are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and challenging environment for study.

Entry requirements

All applicants must be graduates, who hold a social care related degree, normally 2.1 or above where social sciences form a significant element of the curriculum. Applicants must have GCSE mathematics and English grade C or above or equivalent. Applicants must provide certificated evidence of qualifications; evidence of recent study normally within the last 5 years; evidence of significant social care experience, usually a minimum of 500 hours equivalent (this could include experience as a carer); 2 satisfactory references; 1 of which must be an academic reference, 1 offering commentary on social care experience/aptitude. Applicants will be selected on an individual basis by interview. All applicants for social work training must demonstrate that they have a satisfactory standard of health; applicants who are conditionally offered a place on the course are required to obtain a satisfactory health check through the School�s Occupational Health Unit. All candidates are subject to enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Course modules

Year 1: Learning together; working together; human growth, behaviour and development; disability, inclusion and the life course; professional practice 1; sociology, social policy and legal perspectives in social work. Year 2: Research for healthcare and social work professionals; decision making in practice; social work perspectives in drugs and alcohol; social work perspectives in mental health; social work law; professional practice 2. Year 3: Research dissertation; working with children and families; working with adults in social care; professional practice 3.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed through a variety of assessment, essays, posters/ leaflets, practical skills examinations, MCQ�s etc.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

School of Healthcare Admissions
Telephone number: 
0113 343 1348