University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Social Work

This course is practice based while being informed by the very latest research in the social work field. You benefit from a range of stimulating learning opportunities led by both academic faculty and expert practitioners. Working within a supportive study environment, you develop crucial skills for independent and collaborative learning. You complete 200 practice development days, drawing on our excellent partnerships with local service users, carers and social work, social care and health agencies. Specialist placement and learning pathways give you experience of both children�s and adults� social work. The programme is designed to enable graduates to register as social workers with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). The course has been validated by the HCPC (the regulator for social work). Students spend 170 days in 2 social work placements: The 1st for 70 days and the 2nd for 100 days. The 2nd social work placement prepares you to undertake statutory interventions. You are supported by a practice educator and a University tutor.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree; six to nine months of relevant practice experience; GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

Course modules

Year 1: Human development and social relationships; law and social policy; research methods and dissertation; social adversity, risk and resilience; theory, methods and values in practice. Year 2: Organisations and inter-professional practice; theory, methods and values in practice in children�s/adult social work.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, an examination, oral and visual presentations, a viva voce, placement reports, case studies and a 12,000-word dissertation. All elements of the MA in Social Work assessment are mandatory and you must pass them all. It is not possible to miss an aspect of course assessment on the grounds of illness and be awarded the MA in Social Work on the basis of marks for the remaining aspects of assessment.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 872595