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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    21 months

Course summary

This course, unique to the UK, provides an opportunity for you to qualify as a social worker while at the same time engaging with debates around the importance of human rights and social justice in the context of social work practice.

Building on the success of our existing Social Work programmes and the global reputation of the University's outstanding human rights research, we’ve designed a new postgraduate approach to social work education. Our Social Work students will not only acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as social workers, but they will also have the opportunity to learn about the importance of human rights in an inter-professional manner, alongside students and tutors from the University's Law Clinic. Moreover, through our work with the United Nations, governments, human rights organisations and corporations all over the world, we bring a global outlook to our teaching.

We’ve blended theory and practice throughout to nurture you from a trainee social worker to a confident professional practitioner. You will explore the fundamental principles of human rights and equality, and examine how these doctrines will underpin your practice. You will also cover topics including:

  • Service users autonomy
  • Social justice and values
  • Equality and diversity
  • Safeguarding and protection
  • Evidence-based relational practice

We are ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018) and we are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).

Application deadline

27 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,800per year

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

University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    27th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    61st out of 79 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    122 71%

    42nd

    17
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    38th

    6

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