University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln

Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work

This advanced programme is designed to support social workers in their professional development and provides a Master's-level qualification, as recommended by the Social Work Reform Board. The Lincoln School of Health and Social Care is endorsed by the College of Social Work as having met the social work professional quality criteria. The flexibility of this programme allows students to move from 1 area of specialism to another, to support their personal and professional development needs. Students will work alongside our experienced team of academics who provide structure and conceptual frameworks to guide their learning. The content of this programme is informed by national health and social care debate to ensure it is up-to-date with the latest sector developments and issues. The collaborative culture in the School facilitates group work to examine live case material and undertake research in areas that are relevant to their own practice.

Entry requirements

A professional DipHE qualification or equivalent. Applicants should be currently employed by a provider of services to either adults or children in an education, health or social work related profession. Applicants will be required to undertake a short written test if their social work undergraduate degree is 2.2 or lower, to assess their suitability to study at Master's level.

Course modules

Modules include: consolidation of post-qualifying professional development; dissertation; research methods for social care settings. Optional modules: best interests assessor; contemporary practice in mental health; contemporary practice in working with adults; effective team leadership for social care; evidencing professional learning in social care; leadership and multi-agency working; managing change in social care; managing risk in children's services; mental health practice theories and interventions; perspectives and values for understanding mental distress; practice education 1; practice education 2; safeguarding adults; service improvement and development project; supervision in social care practice; supporting practice learning; understanding and responding to dementia.

Assessment methods

A number of methods are used to assess students, including written assignments, projects and presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lincoln (Main Site) Lincoln LN6 7TS East Midlands

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