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MA Social Work at The University of Manchester
MA Social Work
This course is designed for postgraduates who want to become social work practitioners.

MA Social Work / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
24 months (FT)
Entry requirements

We normally require you to have an Upper Second class degree or above. This can be in any subject area. Relevant employment and/or personal experience within a health or social care setting is highly desirable.

If you have a Lower Second classification degree, your application will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on your experience.

Students must also have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English grade C by the start of the course.

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

48 places

How to apply
Apply through UCAS before the January deadline. Applications made directly to the University will not be considered.

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Gain a nationally and internationally recognised professional social work qualification and become eligible to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC.
  • Study at the UK's sixth best university (2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities).
  • Learn through methods involving service users, carers and current social work practitioners.
  • 100% of our students say our staff are enthusiastic about social work (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015/16).
  • Gain practical experience during 170 days of high-quality placements through our membership of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy.
  • Learn from teaching staff who actively undertake research in health and social care.
Careers in Social Work

Open days

The best way to find out what it's like to study at Manchester is by visiting us on one of the University's postgraduate open days . The open days include information/Q&A sessions for this course, as well as campus tours and the opportunity to meet staff and students on the course.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500

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 region 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 (BSA) 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 further information on social work bursaries, please visit the NHS BSA website.

Should students be in receipt of a bursary they will, at the point of registration, be expected to pay to the University any difference between tuition fees and the bursary contribution. Applicants should apply for a bursary when they accept our offer of a place on the course (either firm or insurance).

Please note that international applicants and those normally resident in Wales, Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland are not eligible to receive a bursary.

Alumni bursary

For the September 2019 intake, all home and overseas alumni who have graduated with a 1st or 2:1 within five years of graduation are eligible for a bursary offering a 10% reduction in the tuition fee. Please note that it is available only to alumni applying to programmes in the School of Health Sciences.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria.

Contact details

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

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