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MA Social Work / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
24 months (FT)
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.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

70 places (a limited number of these will be supported by a Social Work Bursary - exact number to be confirmed).

How to apply

Applicants must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions System ( UCAS ) and are encouraged to apply early (before the January deadline). Applications made direct to the University will not be considered.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

Our MA Social Work course will provide you with challenging academic and practice learning opportunities that will enable you to critically evaluate, apply and integrate knowledge, understanding and skills in core areas specified by the nine capabilities outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework (at qualifying level) and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers.

The excellence of our course was recognised in 2015 when we joined the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy, which was chosen as one of the four national early adopters of the government's Teaching Partnership scheme.

This was set up to ensure the establishment of closer links between universities and employers across Greater Manchester and focused on delivering innovative, high quality social work education.

Open days

The University's postgraduate open day includes an information/Q&A session on the social work programme.


Fees for 2017 entry are yet to be confirmed. Full details will be published here once they have been confirmed.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

Travel costs for placements during the programme across Greater Manchester and the wider North West can be expensive and should be included in your cost calculations. The Transport for Greater Manchester website can help you estimate possible public transport travel costs to different sites.


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.

For information on how the applicants will be shortlisted for a bursary please read the Criteria for Shortlisting (pdf, 264KB) for a Bursary document. For further information on Social Work Bursaries please visit: NHS BSA .

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 7604
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