MA Social Work / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2021

Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

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How to apply

Apply through  UCAS  

Applications made directly to the University will not be considered.

Advice to applicants

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.

How your application is considered

In addition to our academic and work experience entry requirements, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) is used to assess personal statements and guide the selection process.

The PCF was developed by the Social Work Reform Board. It provides a framework for continuing professional development within the social work profession.

There are nine inter-related domains within the PCF which, viewed holistically, help us to understand the social work role. Social work is a complex activity that cannot be properly understood by viewing its contributory elements in isolation from each other.  

For more information, please read the Professional Capabilities Framework criteria.

Interview requirements

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for interview before any decision on an offer is made. 

The interview days normally run between December and July each year. The interview day is structured so that you will have your interview in the morning and then be shown round the campus by some of our current students.

The interview process consists of a group interview, a written test and a one-to-one interview. Full information about the interview and written test will be provided if you are shortlisted.

Please note that employers/practitioners, service users and carers are involved in the assessment of candidates.

In the event that interviews are required to be held online, applicants will still be interviewed by a member of staff and a service user.

International applicants

We are able to conduct interviews for international students online eg Zoom.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening and a DBS self declaration (followed by an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which will be completed during Welcome Week).

For further information about the process used in the case of positive DBS disclosures, see  DBS checks  (PDF, 21 KB).

Health screening will comprise the completion of a health self declaration by the applicant, which will determine the health assessments required.

If necessary, a detailed Occupational Health questionnaire may also need to be completed and an appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department arranged. 

To be admitted and continue on the programme, students must be deemed medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department.

If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course, please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process. 

Tel: +44(0)161 306 5806 Email:


Please note vaccinations are not mandatory for this course but we do highly recommended having them before you start your first placement. Please click here for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

All students must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check including checks against the lists of those barred from working with adults and children. Satisfactory clearance from the DBS is a requirement for this course.

See further information about DBS checks (PDF, 21 KB) including the process used in the case of positive disclosures.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.