Department of Social Work and Social Care

Postgraduate study

Social Work at Sussex

The Department of Social Work and Social Care offers qualifying courses for social workers at undergraduate and postgraduate level. These popular courses have large cohorts which are nevertheless well supported throughout their training to develop crucial skills for independent and collaborative learning.Check out the details of the Social Work MA and the Social Work Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) courses, which are jointly delivered and lead to a professional social work qualification. The only difference is that the PGDip has one less module and no dissertation enabling students to work from July to end September at the end of Year 1 if desired.

The Department hosts three research centres:

There is a developing portfolio of flexible study opportunities for practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, and for those interested in pursuing research qualifications. The Social Research Methods MSc offers ESRC-recognised research training in social work research methods, and the thriving ESRC-recognised Social Work and Social Care PhD provides excellent opportunities for disciplinary and interdisciplinarity doctoral-level study. 

Relationships with local social welfare agencies are excellent. Joint projects include development, training and research initiatives. 

The Department also offers various continuing professional development (CPD) modules and ‘pathways’ to give qualified social workers and social care professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills for specialist roles. Independent modules may be studied, or a collection of related modules leading to an academic award (postgraduate certificate, diploma or Masters degree).

Sussex actively encourages both school-leavers and mature entrants from all over the world and from all backgrounds, including those with disabilities or other special needs. We are proud of our multicultural student body and the vibrant atmosphere of our beautiful campus.

Social Work at Sussex is ranked 7th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2020).

Childhood and Youth Studies

The School of Education and Social Work prides itself on its academic staff's expertise in the study of childhood and youth in both the Department of Education and the Department of Social Work and Social Care.

We welcome applications for our multidisciplinary Childhood and Youth Studies MA from candidates keen to pursue a broad, challenging and rewarding degree.

Local and international students are welcomed; the participatory nature of both courses providing opportunities to share and develop interests in working with children and young people in a broad range of environments and contents. Successful graduates will be prepared for a diverse range of careers, or for further study.

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