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Masters in Social Work MSW

University of York

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  • Qualification

    Master of Social Work - MSW

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The Master in Social Work (Hons) is a professional qualification which entitles you to apply to register as a social worker: a challenging and rewarding career. This four-year course, which includes two years of postgraduate study, provides an advanced alternative to standard three-year BA Social Work degrees. You'll gain a Masters-level qualification which is highly valued by employers. You'll have opportunities to gain experience on placements in three diverse social work settings and receive a broader grounding in the social sciences.Through a carefully tailored programme of coursework and practical learning, you'll gain the knowledge and skills required as a professional social worker. You will develop abilities that enable you to join a rapidly changing and fast-paced profession. The integration of practice, theory and research means you will be a competent and critically reflective social worker, able to make informed judgements based on sound analysis, often in unpredictable circumstances.You will develop professional skills and knowledge to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Service users and carers contribute directly to our teaching, giving you an unparalleled insight into the complexities of social work. You'll gain the ability to face complex and difficult human situations with confidence, creativity, compassion and integrity. You'll learn to work alongside people and to incorporate principles of social justice into your everyday practice.Join a thriving department, internationally recognised for its teaching and research excellence and gain a solid foundation from which to begin your professional journey.AccreditationAfter completing this degree you can apply to register as a social worker with Social Work England.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,600per year

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University information

University of York

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  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching from eminent researchers who bring real-world expertise into their subjects, equipping students for the global workplace.
Dedicated international support, including funding opportunities, immigration advice, welcome communities, Maths and Writing Skills Centres, and much more.
Home to over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries, creating a diverse, inclusive community that offers a lifelong global network.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 77 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    139 84%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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