Social Work MA

Key information

Duration:
21 months full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
Initial deadline: 15 January 2018 (later applications can be considered)

Benefit from a range of stimulating learning opportunities led by academic faculty, experienced practitioners and experts by experience (service users and carers).

Working within a supportive study environment, you develop crucial skills for independent and collaborative learning.

Why choose this course?

  • Social Work at Sussex is ranked 5th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Our relationships with local social welfare agencies are excellent. Joint projects include development, training and research initiatives.
  • The Social Work MA has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), the regulator for social work, and enables graduates to register as social workers.
I believe the course combines research and practice in an effective way and has equipped me to undertake direct work with a range of service users.”Lucy Wilkinson
Social Work MA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

You must have GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)Yes
Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check

Yes. You are responsible for meeting the cost of this check.

Health checkYes
How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The course code is L508. The initial deadline is 15 January 2018 but late applications can be considered.

You must disclose information pertaining to any criminal convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands prior to interview in accordance with Health and Care Professions Council guidance.

InterviewsYes
Personal statement

Yes. You must complete additional documentation and write an extended personal statement. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

Selection dayYes
Work experience

Yes. You must have at least six months of relevant practice experience.  

Work shadowingYes

If you want to start the course at a different stage (i.e not at the beginning) because you have evidence of prior learning, your application will be considered on an individual basis. 

We will consider if you have:  

  • accumulated the required number of credits at an appropriate level
  • studied the specific subject content and achieved the learning outcomes required for the stage of the course you are applying for.

You must show evidence of your prior learning. 

You must have completed at least four days shadowing of a Registered Social Worker in any agency setting and social work role.

You can complete this requirement via confirmation of previous experience or carry it out as part of your current role.

Self-assessment and independent verification of learning resulting from the workplace shadowing is required normally before you can start the course.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

Initial deadline: 15 January 2018 (later applications can be considered)

Course details

How will I study?

Assessment methods include essays, an examination, oral and visual presentations, a viva voce, placement reports, case studies and a 12,000-word dissertation.

All elements of the Social Work MA assessment are mandatory and you must pass them all. It's not possible to miss an aspect of course assessment on the grounds of illness and be awarded the Social Work MA on the basis of marks for the remaining aspects of assessment.

Work placement

You complete 200 practice development days, drawing on our excellent partnerships with local service users, carers and social work, and social care and health agencies:

  • 170 days in two social work placements – both the 70-day placement and the 100-day placement are to be undertaken in Sussex local authorities. These are organised through the South Coast Regional Centre for Social Work Education (SCRC). Find out more about this pioneering social work education partnership.
  • 30 days of Practice Development Workshops delivered by experienced practitioners, academic faculty and experts by experience (service users and carers).

These specialist placement and learning pathways give you experience of child and family as well as adult social work.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Year 1

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Year 2

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

Life as a Masters student

Our experts

Dr Henglien Chen

Dr Henglien Chen

Lecturer in Social Work

Research interests

ageing care policy and practice: cross country comparison, ageing care service provisions, ageing care workforce, family carer for older people, gerontology social work

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Dr Kristine Hickle

Dr Kristine Hickle

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care

Research interests

childhood and youth, Groups, groupwork, human trafficking, sexual violence, Social work, Trauma

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Prof Michelle Lefevre

Prof Michelle Lefevre

Professor of Social Work

Research interests

child protection, child well-being, Communication, psychoanalysis, Social work

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Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic

Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic

Senior Lecturer In Social Work And Social Care

Research interests

Mental Health, Participatory Design, participatory methods, radical social work, Social rights and social justice, social welfare reform, social work and political conflict, social work and social development

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Dr Tish Marrable

Dr Tish Marrable

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care

Research interests

Autism and Social Care, Bereavement, Death and Dying, disability, Shamanic practice

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Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

action research, childhood and youth, children's participation, children's social policy, children's welfare, public life, qualitative research methods, social action, Social work, youth inclusion, youth policy

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Dr David Orr

Dr David Orr

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Research interests

adult protection, adult safeguarding, Andean studies, anthropology of the Andes, cinema and dementia, Dementia, ethnography, Global Mental Health, medical anthropology, Mental Health

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Prof Elaine Sharland

Prof Elaine Sharland

Professor of Social Work Research

Research interests

child well-being, childhood and youth, Knowledge generation - Co-Creation, Research design and methodology, risk, Social work

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Prof Charles Watters

Prof Charles Watters

Professor of Wellbeing and Social Care

Research interests

Asylum seeking, Children and migration, medical anthropology, Mental Health and Well-Being, Refugees and asylum, Social work, well-being

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Dr Russell Whiting

Dr Russell Whiting

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Care

Research interests

Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Church History & History Of Theology, Modern British history, Social work

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Course enquiries

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Find out about the Department of Social Work and Social Care

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Scholarships for this course have yet to be confirmed. Please check back later in the year.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to work in the field of professional social work and are highly sought after by employers, working with children and families and in adult social care.

Many pursue learning through continuing professional development courses and progress to take leadership roles in the profession.

Other awards associated with the Social Work MA

The course may lead to any one of four awards:

  • Applied Social Care PGDip, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the placements and dissertation
  • Applied Social Care MA, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the placements
  • Social Work PGDip, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course except the dissertation
  • Social Work MA, with satisfactory completion of all elements of the course.

Only successful completion of the Social Work MA or PGDip entitles you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a social worker.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Social Work and Social Care were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • manager, East Sussex Council
  • social worker, Partnerships in Care
  • social worker, Brighton & Hove Council.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Research Methods and Dissertation

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module consists of two parts: a workshop sequence which introduces you to the idea of research-­mindedness in social work and research methods for evidence-­based practice, and guides your planning of a research proposal; and a supervision framework, which provides academic guidance and personal support during the process of approval of title and dissertation preparation.

Human Development and Social Relationships

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of key theories of human growth and development in the context of social relationships. In particular the module will: critically examine developmental and socio-cultural concepts, such as attachment, resilience, loss and change, identity and self in relation to their relevance to social work policy and practice, explore the social, political and professional contexts in which developmental pathways and social relationships are established, maintained and changed, especially in respect of the influence of class, 'race', gender, sexuality and disablement, consider these issues of selfhood in relation to others across the human life-course from conception to death.

Law and Social Policy

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module introduces the statutory and policy contexts of ethical social work practice. It provides the opportunity to: acquire knowledge about, and critically examine, the legal rules underpinning social work practice, acquire knowledge about and critically examine the policy and organisational context of social work, explore the contested and ambiguous dynamics of power and discrimination through which the values and ethics of social work are applied or negotiated within legal and policy frameworks, critically reflect on the process by which lawful, ethical and evidence-based judgements and decisions are made in social work practice in respect of questions of vulnerability, need, harm, risk, safety, protection and care.

Social Adversity, Risk and Resilience

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you develop your understanding of the impact of various forms of social adversity on personal well-being and social relationships, within diverse family and cultural settings, and across the life course.

Social adversity includes relationships of inequality and poverty, neglect and abuse and other forms of oppression and discrimination that harm, subordinate or marginalise people, undermining their human rights, social citizenship and wider well-being.

Taking a life-course perspective, you're encouraged to explore the ways in which mental and physical health, well-being and social opportunity are harmed by experiences of discrimination, abuse and neglect within parenting, care-giving and other social relationships across the life course.

As part of the module, you critically consider approaches to understanding and assessing the causes and likely consequences of harmful relationships, with an emphasis on supporting resilient responses to risk and harm and in maximising life opportunities.

You pay particular attention to how social workers can make sense of the causes and consequences of common forms of harmful behaviour, including violence and substance misuse, within the wider social and cultural context.

This understanding is designed to enhance capability in child and adult safeguarding and protection, which is at the heart of much of contemporary social work practice.

Social Work Practice 1

  • 0 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The Social Work Practice 1 placement provides the opportunity to gain required experience of direct practice and learning in the social work role in one social work practice setting and to reflect critically on this experience. The social work practice teaching and supervision enables you to maximise your learning from both personal experience, theoretical literature and empirical research relevant to the practice setting

This will include opportunities for skills teaching and development including the opportunity to develop competence and values in practice towards the standard required for registration as a qualified social work practitioner. Your practice will be informed and developed according to the principles of valuing diversity and equalities awareness that underpin ethical and effective social work. This module will give you the opportunity to understand and experience the inter-professional context of partnership working in social work practice.

Theory, Methods and Values in Practice 1

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines the nature of the contemporary social work role and task. It draws in particular upon psycho-social and ecological perspectives to explore in detail the relationship between individuals experiencing difficulties and their social and economic environments.

You will have the opportunity to consider the process of identity formation for people who use services and the relationship between this and the external environments in which difficulties arise. You will increase your own self awareness and explore the ways in which they can build effective relationships with people who use services, utilising a strengths based approach to effect change in a variety of circumstances. You will also critically examine the nature and role of contemporary social work including an exploration of power, oppression and policy formation and implementation, and obtain a clear appreciation of the complexities and ambiguities of the contexts in which social work takes place. A consideration of social work values and ethics runs throughout this module and will be integrated into the teaching as will a focus upon developing a research minded approach to your work. You will also examine recent changes to social work practice and current themes, including risk, working in partnership, user involvement.

Organisations and Inter-professional Practice

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 2 credits

In this module, you examine theory and research to help prepare you for the contemporary organisational settings you will work in, and inter-professional working relationships you will form.

You will develop an understanding of how core social work roles and tasks are undertaken effectively in an inter-agency context, where coordinated professional responses are required. You also go on an organisational observation.

You are trained to meet the professional capability standards set out in The College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework. 

You learn to: 

  • adapt to changing contexts that shape practice
  • operate effectively within own organisational frameworks
  • contribute to the development of services and organisations
  • operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional settings.

Social Work Practice 2

  • 0 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 2 credits

This module is directly linked with the second practice placement (SWP2). It provides the opportunity for the further consolidation and extension of knowledge and understanding of social work roles and tasks and the development of skill and competence in social work practice. In line with GSSC and CWDC policy it enables practice to become increasingly specialised in the chosen setting.

The placement provides: the opportunity to gain additional experience of direct practice and learning in the social work role in a social work practice setting that differs from Social Work Practice 1, and to reflect critically on this experience; social work practice teaching and supervision that enables maximisation of learning from both personal experience, theoretical literature and empirical research relevant to the practice setting. This will include opportunities for skills teaching and development; the opportunity to further develop competence and values in practice towards the standard required for registration as a qualified social work practitioner; the chance to further inform practice with the principles of valuing diversity and equalities awareness that underpin ethical and effective social work by doing so in a second practice setting and with a different group of people using the service; the opportunity to understand and experience the inter-professional context of partnership working in social work practice in that second setting.

Theory, Methods and Values in Practice 2

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 2 credits

This module is directly linked with the first practice placement (SWP1). The focus here is on the nature of the contemporary social work role and tasks. Drawing in particular on psycho-social and ecological perspectives it will enable students to:

  • consider the process of identity formation for people who use services and the relationship between this and the external environments in which difficulties arise
  • increase their own self awareness and explore the ways in which they can build effective relationships with people who use services, utilising a strengths based approach to assess needs and effect change in a variety of circumstances
  • critically examine the nature and role of contemporary social work including an exploration of power, oppression and policy formation and implementation
  • obtain a clear appreciation of the complexities and ambiguities of the contexts in which social work takes place.
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