University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln

Advanced Development in Social Work

This programme is designed for social sector professionals who wish to gain advanced practice skills and expertise, especially in international and cross-cultural settings. Students will spend a term studying in Lincoln, Aalborg and Lisbon and attend intensive study schools in Paris and Warsaw. Learning is positioned in a global context where traditional systems of social welfare are being challenged and the causes and scope of social problems are becoming increasingly transnational. Students will gain the knowledge and competencies to confidently respond to the uncertainties facing societies, including how to promote innovation, social justice and inclusion in complex scenarios.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a 2.1 Honours degree in social work (or related subject if social work does not exist as a university subject in your country). A professional licence as a social worker if required in their own country and a year of full-time work experience in the social work sector. They also require 1 year of full-time work experience in the social sector. English competence equivalent to 6.5 Academic IELTS (including 6.5 in speaking and writing).

Course modules

Semester 1 (University of Lincoln, UK): critical knowledge and perspectives on society; advanced theories, methods and interventions; communication and creativity in social work; working within social and public spaces.
Semester 2 (Aalborg University, Denmark): power relations and actor perspectives; problem-based approaches in social work; field study (power relations and actor perspectives in everyday social work).
Summer school (Paris West University, France): practice-oriented research in social work.
Semester 3 (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal): globalisation, migrations and cultural diversity; globalised social work and sustainable development; professional ethics and human rights; social administration and social entrepreneurship; social work research methods.
Semester 4 (all countries): research project.

Assessment methods

Drawing on the philosophy of continuous assessment, most modules will be assessed by 2 assignments, generally 1 written and 1 presentation or project-based, in order to encourage a wide range of academic and professional competences.

Sponsorship information

A 25% discount on tuition fees is available to students who obtain funding from their employer, a government body or international organisation to take part in the course. This will be applied as a waiver of the fourth installment of fees and is conditional on a signed agreement between the student, organisation and ADVANCES consortium. Please email the ADVANCES Coordinator for more details. The European Commission will provide a limited number of full scholarships for non-EU students and partial scholarships for EU students. These will be awarded based on academic merit and geographical background.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
European Master's Full-time September 2016 EUR 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 22 months
European Master's Full-time September 2016 EUR 9,000 per Year 1 (International) 22 months

Campus details

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

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