University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Social Work

The programme aims to produce professionally competent, reflective and analytical social work practitioners who are able to practice in a variety of settings, with a range of service users, in accordance with national occupational standards and expectations identified in the code of practice for social care workers; the programme is designed for postgraduates who wish to become registered social work practitioners and provides the flexibility for students to choose a special area of interest in the 2nd year (children and families, adults and community care or mental health); 1st year includes learning about social policy and social divisions, law and ethical conduct, the life course, communication skills and the needs of different service user groups; students undertake 100 days of practice placements; 2nd year students learn about research methods, theories of social work intervention, working across organisational boundaries, and choose a particular area of interest for in-depth learning; European computer driving licence (ECDL) is completed in this year; there is a further 100 days of practice placements.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree; relevant work experience in a voluntary or employed capacity; IELTS 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component, TOEFL 600 paper-based or 250 computer-based, GCSE English grade C or evidence of equivalent learning.

Sponsorship information

The Higher Education Funding Council funds student places and the General Social Care Council contributes funds for particular purposes such as developing service-user involvement in all aspects of programme delivery; bursaries are available from the General Social Care Council, which cover tuition fees, nominal living expenses and transport costs for placements.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 9 months
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0161 275 4740