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

Applicants are normally required to have an Upper Second degree or above. Relevant experience and/or employment within a health or social care setting is highly desirable. Applicants with a Lower Second classification will be considered on a case by case basis depending on their experience.
Students must also have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English grade C or above at the time of application.
We do not accept qualifications at level 2 as equivalents to GCSE English or Maths, and will only consider international and pre-GCSE qualifications as equivalents.
English language
IELTS overall score of 7 or above with no element below 6.5, or - TOEFL
inimum of 600 (paper-based); 250 (computer-based); 100 (internet-based), or
GCSE English grade C (a Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) or above, or
evidence of equivalent learning that is accepted by the University.

Course modules

Course unit details
In the 1st year, students take:
Introduction to Social Work
Social, Political and Organisational Context for Social Work
Law for Social Work Practice
Understanding Life Course Trajectories for Social Work Practice
20 days professional skills development
70 day placement
In the 2nd year:
Safeguarding Children
Young People and Vulnerable Adults
Foundations of Research
Social Work with Adults, Families, Children and Young People
10 days professional skills development
100 day placement; Dissertation

Assessment methods

A range of methods have been selected to inform the assessment of different learning outcomes: essays, case studies, group presentations, and other formats may be used. You will be assessed for your readiness for direct practice (ARDP) prior to commencing your first practice placement, and will be assessed at the end of your first and final practice placements.

Sponsorship information

The Government has previously provided student bursaries for pre-qualifying social work students resident in England. This bursary provides a contribution towards tuition fees, nominal living expenses and transport costs for placements. The Department of Health will set an annual cap on the number of social work bursaries to be offered in each academic year for students undertaking social work qualifying courses. The number of bursaries available may be less than the number of places available. We will provide the NHS Bursary Services Authority with a shortlist of those applicants who should be considered for a bursary.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Social Work Courses
Telephone number: 
0161 306 7746