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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Birmingham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The MA Social Work programme offers professional training that will prepare you to register with the Social Work England as a professional social worker.

The MA in Social Work is an exciting programme which will enable you to obtain a professional qualification as well as a Masters degree. Committed to social justice, anti-oppressive practice and relationship based social work and drawing upon a number of disciplines informing social work practice, it includes the study of social work values, knowledge, law, theories, methods and skills.

The social work education programme at the University of Birmingham is the oldest in the country and we are proud of our history. Our Social Work programme offers a stimulating and dynamic learning environment, where you will learn not only from academics, but also past and present service users, carers and practitioners. The involvement of service users and carers is an integral aspect of the programme. This feature allows you from the very start of your training to gain a greater insight into the role Social Work can play in people’s lives so you can develop an understanding of service users’ and carers’ lived experiences and expectations.

Opportunities for Inter Professional Education are also offered where you will work with students from other health related disciplines, to develop your understanding of how Social Workers need to work together with other related professions to provide support that is holistic.

The programme welcomes applications from international students who will undertake the same placements as UK students and obtain a detailed understanding of the operation of the English social work system.

Social Workers play a vital role in society, working with vulnerable people in their times of greatest need. As such, Social Work is an incredibly rewarding career, which makes a real difference in peoples’ lives.


This degree leads to an MA in Social Work with the Professional Qualification in Social Work which provides eligibility to apply to register with Social Work England. This is the qualification required to practice as a professional social worker. As well as equipping you with a professional qualification, gaining the MA allows you to progress on to post qualifying courses or to apply to continue with your academic studies at PhD level.

On successful completion of the MA Social Work, you will be equipped to work in a wide range of areas. The specialist options built in to the Masters will allow you to direct your knowledge and expertise to the area you would like to work in once you have completed the programme, giving you a competitive advantage in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors.

Application deadline

31 August 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,430per 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 Birmingham

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  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

The University of Birmingham is a founding member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities.
Based in the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham offers an outstanding international student experience.
The university has a vibrant international student community and is home to over 10,000 international students from approximately 150 countries.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 77 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    141 84%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.47 69%



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