The MA in Social Work gives students with a first degree a professional social work qualification at Master's level.
The course will enable you to be a confident, competent, qualified social work practitioner. We offer a well established course with a national reputation for producing high-calibre workers. Our course is designed, managed and delivered by a Programme Management Board that includes practice placement agencies, students, lecturers and practitioners. Stakeholder involvement ensures that our course maintains a dynamic, outward-looking approach towards social work education with a clear focus on the needs of service users.
The course is built upon the following standards and requirements for social work training:
- the HCPC (Health and care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for social care workers
- the DOH (Department of Health) Requirements for social work training
- the College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework
- the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) benchmark statements for social policy administration and social work
The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Social Sciences in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
- Possess an undergraduate honours degree at 2:1 or higher in any discipline. We will also consider applicants who hold a Masters level qualification.
- Demonstrate that, by the time they start the course, they will have acquired current and relevant underpinning knowledge from psychology, sociology and social policy, at a level, which will allow them to complete the MA (Social Work). Applicants who have not acquired such knowledge in completing their first degrees or who obtained their degrees several years ago should consider what further study and/or reading is required as well as study skills revision to prepare them for this level of study. They may need to consider enrolment on foundation level courses at their local university or distance learning packages, such as the Open University’s ’Introducing the social sciences’ module DD102.
- Demonstrate that they have relevant work experience equivalent to a minimum of 6 months full-time work (approximately 910 hours). This may be paid or voluntary work and could have been undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants are usually expected to have had a substantial part of such experience during the past 2 years and to have had experience which includes working with vulnerable groups in Britain. Applicants who have limited experience or who have had little or no relevant experience during the past 2 years should consider seeking relevant employment or volunteering via organisations, such as their local Council for Voluntary Services, local Children’s or Adult Services Departments or local voluntary sector agencies.
- Demonstrate that their understanding of social work is informed both by underpinning knowledge and by reflection on their experience.
- Hold certificated qualifications in Maths and English which are, at least, equivalent to GCSE (at grade C or above).
- The minimum level of English Language attainment for entry to MA Social Work is IELTS 7 or equivalent.
- Have Information, Communication Technology (ICT) skills which are sufficient to allow them to begin both study and practice and that they will be able to develop these skills during their progress through the course. (Applicants without such relevant skills will need to demonstrate that they have plans in place to acquire them prior to starting social work training).
- Complete a health disclosure form.
- Complete a declaration form regarding matters that include criminal convictions, cautions and reprimands and any disciplinary action by employers, in order to satisfy the programme that they are suitable to work with vulnerable children and adults.
- All information obtained from the admissions process is used to assess a candidate's potential to successful complete the social work programme and to eventually practice as a qualified worker in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulatory standards for Social Work and the College of Social Work’s (TCSW) Professional Capabilities Framework.
English language requirements
IELTS at 7 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »
What you will study
Please note that for 2019 entry, the module information is subject to change.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Tuition fee 2019
Home/EU: £4,260 per year (subject to a small annual increase)
International: £15,650 per year
A capped number of NHSBSA Bursaries may be available for MA Social Work students. More information can be found from the NHSBSA website.
Closing date for applications is 31 May 2018 if you wish to be considered for bursary nomination. We will still continue to accept applications after 31 May 2018 but there will be no guarantee that you will be considered for bursary.
See our fees and financial support website.
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
The course will enable you to be a confident, competent, qualified social work practitioner. We offer a well established course with a national reputation for producing high-calibre workers.