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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Central London campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The course

The MSc Social Work is an accelerated programme for applicants who already have a first degree and want to embark on a career in social work. This two year course, delivered at our Central London Campus, will fully prepare you for a professional career in social work.

This course runs in close partnership with social work and social care agencies and local authorities based in inner and outer London boroughs as well as neighbouring counties. Students will benefit from two practice learning placements - experiencing the world of social work first hand, learning from direct practice with qualified practitioners, service users, carers and other professionals. Practice based learning is integrated with college-based teaching and learning throughout the programme.

The combination of a taught and practice curriculum breaks down barriers between practice, policy and research, meaning you will emerge from the course as a critically reflective practitioner who can work for the most vulnerable in society within an anti-oppressive framework.

The Department of Social Work has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent social work education and training and has produced a wide range of research that has been highly influential in the development of social work practice.

On completion of the degree, you will have advanced knowledge of:

  • Social work theories, psychology, social policy, law and organisational theories and their application to social work practice
  • Skills and methods applicable in a wide range of social work environments, working with people across the lifespan
  • Critical reflection and its application to critical social work practice
  • The contribution and application of social research to social work theories and practice
  • Values and ethics relevant to social work practice based on social justice
  • The significance of inequalities and difference in working with organisations and social service users
  • the significance of cultural diversity and anti-discriminatory practice in working with organisations, service users and carers.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including essays, case studies, examinations, presentations and a dissertation.

30 days on social work skills are integrated across the two-year programme at which attendance is mandatory.

Students are required to successfully complete one 70-day and one 100-day practice-learning placement. Practice learning is assessed by experienced practice educators and the production of a portfolio on completion of placement.

Your future career

We will prepare you for a career in a range of social work settings. Once you are qualified as a social worker, you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council. You will also have the option of continuing your academic development through a range of taught post-qualifying programmes and research opportunities within the department. The MSc course also equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

MSc Social Work graduates from Royal Holloway are actively sought after and recruited by our partner agencies and a wide range of social work employers in diverse and challenging settings.

Tuition fees

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£ 7,900per 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

  • University League Table

    24th

  • Campus address

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

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 130 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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