Department of Social Work and Social Care

Postgraduate study

We offer attractive opportunities for postgraduate research and study in social work and welcome applications from high-quality candidates who are keen to pursue a challenging but rewarding degree at postgraduate level.

Social work at Sussex is currently ranked 7th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020.

85% of Social Work and Social Care postgraduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 2017).

The Department hosts three research centres: The Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW), the Centre for Innovation and Research in Social Work (CSWIR), and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY).

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 MSc in Social Research Methods offers ESRC-recognised research training in social work research methods, and our thriving ESRC-recognised PhD course 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. 

Note that Post-qualifying (PQ) awards have now been replaced by Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules for those who already hold a social work qualification. For more information, visit CPD in Social Work.

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.

See our Masters courses

See our PhD degrees

Our postgraduate taught degrees are:

For admissions information on either of these two courses, contact

Popular with practising social workers are our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules and courses.

We offer the following postgraduate research (doctoral) degree:

For more information about funding opportunities, see: 

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 MA in Childhood and Youth Studies course from candidates who are 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. Both degrees prepare graduates for a diverse range of careers, or for further study.