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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Central London

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The course

Built upon long-standing partnerships with employment agencies and service user groups, the MSc in Advanced Practice offers post-qualifying education to individuals working in social care or health services. The course provides professionally and academically rigorous postgraduate Social Work training that enables you to critically evaluate theory and utilise research findings in relation to advanced practice and leadership.

We recognise the time pressures that affect social workers and allied professions so this course is delivered via a part-time, modular format, offering flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to continue to work while learning. You are able to exit at different stages throughout of the course, tailoring the qualification to your own professional need and commitments, gaining a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Advanced Practice.

There are four optional pathways through the course, allowing you to specialise in an area of your own experience or interests:

  • Children & Families
  • Adults
  • Leadership & Management
  • Professional Education

Royal Holloway is the largest provider of Continuing Professional Development in Social Work in South East England. Academics in the Department of Social Work undertake commissioned work in a wide variety of areas, underpinning our taught courses with the latest research. We are dedicated to supporting learners to become research-literate practitioners and policy/practice literate researchers - breaking down the barriers between research and practice.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching and assessment on this course is by a variety of methods (depending on modules chosen) including:

  • Direct observation
  • Recording
  • Critical evaluation
  • Presentation
  • Written assignments
  • Portfolios of practice evidence
  • Dissertation

Your future career

For experienced professionals, postgraduate study will assist you in thinking critically and more deeply about your work, its setting and the role that you take within it.

This programme will give you knowledge and skills that are transferable to a wide variety of employment opportunities in advanced practice, leadership and management in social care and health services. This provides a boost to your career and leadership potential as well as a firm foundation for further postgraduate study and research,

The Department of Social Work runs a Doctorate in Professional Studies (Health and Social Care Practice) in collaboration with St George's and Kingston University, which students who wish to pursue further study are encouraged to participate in. In addition, The Department offers a more traditional PhD option for further study.

Tuition fees

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£ 8,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Royal Holloway, University of London

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    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 125 countries live and study at Royal Holloway.
The university welcomes and supports international students. Its dedicated team can help with any questions students may have about studying in the UK.

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