MA Social Work / Overview
Year of entry: 2020
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- 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.
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- How to apply
Applications made directly to the University will not be considered.
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- Gain a nationally and internationally recognised professional social work qualification and become eligible to register as a qualified social worker with Social Work England.
- Several bursaries,including NHS bursaries, are available for eligible students.
- Study at the UK's sixth best university (2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities).
- Learn through methods involving service users, carers and current social work practitioners.
- 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.
Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .
You can also watch webinar recordings from our recent virtual open week, including subject-specific sessions and webinars about general topics such as teaching and funding. Visit the postgraduate taught virtual open week website for a list of sessions.
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): 9500*
International students (per annum): £19,000
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. 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 £1,000 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.
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.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
University of Manchester bursaries
The University of Manchester is keen to support high quality education for social workers. As a home student you will pay £8,500 per annum (after a £1,000 bursary from the University is applied).
UK government funded bursaries and loans
The UK government usually provides a number of bursaries to postgraduate Social Work students on an MA programme. These bursaries are primarily for home students and will be for both years of study, administered by the NHS Business Service Authority (NHSBSA). Find out more .
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).
Postgraduate students who do not receive NHS bursaries may be entitled to apply for a Postgraduate Master's Loan .
Funding sources for international students
The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are not in receipt of any other funding and are recent University of Manchester graduates. Find out more .
There may be other funding available to you as international student depending on your circumstances. Find out more
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