Social Work - MSc *

Full Time
September 2018

Are you looking to develop yourself into a skilled, emotionally intelligent, critically-reflective, evidence-informed, resilient, empowering leader? Do you want to make a positive difference in society? Then our leading-edge, two-year, full-time programme, could be for you. 

There's a continuing demand for outstanding social work practitioners so we would encourage you to apply if you hold a degree (2.2, 2.1 or First Class Honours) and you have some experience of working with people as well as a genuine interest in becoming a professional social worker.

We offer a modern campus environment, personal tutor support, and remain sensitive to your differing circumstances, aspirations, abilities, backgrounds and areas of special interest.

The programme is enriched by current Social Work practice and close partnership working, expertise gained from other disciplines, and international perspectives and developments.

With over 30 years of experience in delivering social work education, we understand that there are no short cuts in becoming a high-quality practitioner and to ensuring a sustainable and rewarding career.

We're committed to providing you with practice-led, knowledge applied education that is interdisciplinary, employability-driven and internationalised. 

Based in the heart of the City of Birmingham, you'll benefit from the inspiring experiences of studying in a super-diverse environment. On qualification from this programme you'll have gained a balanced education and training in contemporary social work, enabling you to apply for professional registration and work in any setting with a citizen group of their choice. 

Core content of the course is likely to cover:

  • Current Law and Social Policy including Child and Adult Safeguarding.
  • Ethics, Values and Anti-discriminatory Practice.
  • Theories and Skills for effective Social Work Practice.
  • Two Practice Placements (70 days in year one and 100 days in year two) offering opportunities to gain experience in statutory interventions.
  • Enhancing Transformative Capabilities including Leadership, Resilience, Innovation and Strengths and Asset-Based Approaches.
  • Becoming Research Minded, including completing an MSc Dissertation.

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This course is not open to International students

Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.