University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Social Work

These programmes are suitable for those who have an active interest in practice based research and professional practice issues; they provide a framework for the demonstration and development of advanced professional knowledge and skills; relevance and application of the research to the professional environment is a pivotal feature of the programme and refection on practice is integral to the learning process.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in an appropriate subject and a suitable workplace environment to support the professional research and development project. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Year 1: Social work theory and context; evidence-based practice and other approaches to research; empowering service users and promoting inclusion; practice placement. Year 2: Analysing policy and working as a change agent; social work nationally and locally; writing for a publication; practice placement.

Assessment methods

Assessment is primarily based on written, oral or portfolio evidence and is measured against Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency and the Professional Capability Framework developed by the College of Social Work. There are no formal written examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
DSW Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 5550