MSW Social Work

Year of Entry 2024/25
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Social Work

Course in clearing Full-time Social work

Create positive change and impact in the lives of vulnerable children, young people, adults and communities, promoting ethically sound professional judgements as a social worker.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £20,620 for the course
    International/EU: £34,410 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    2 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    March 2025

Course summary

  • Study contemporary knowledge, legal responsibilities and duties of social workers.
  • Apply ethically sound professional judgements to social work practice situations.
  • Undertake practice placements in a range of social work areas and settings which meet Social Work England (SWE) standards and guidance.
  • Develop problem-solving and shared-decision-making skills to address complex social work practice issues – required for your registration as a social worker.

Over two years you’ll expand your knowledge and practice skills, integrating legal frameworks which impact upon individuals and communities within local and global social work interventions. Through direct practice you’ll develop social work expertise to analyse and interpret research, evidence and statute effectively – presenting an appropriate course of action and recommendations in an anti-oppressive, rights-based manner in the multi-cultural context of the UK.

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How you learn

Our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. We take a global approach to social work – both individually and with student project groups – encouraging collaboration, professional curiosity, problem-solving skills and critical reflection.

You’ll explore case studies and real-world examples with practitioners and people with lived experience – intellectually challenging social work problems at national and global levels. You’ll develop evidence-based solutions, portfolios of evidence and transferable employability skills – preparing you to successfully register as a professional who makes ethically sound assessments and research-informed decisions.

You learn through:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Specialist lectures from social work practice, carers and experts
  • Interactive workshops
  • Learning through reflection on practice
  • Professional portfolio
  • Presentations
  • Use of digital technologies
  • Directed learning
  • Independent learning

Course topics

On this course you’ll integrate the underpinning knowledge base of social work practice, contemporary policy and legal frameworks which affect individuals and communities. You’ll learn to exercise initiative to address global social work practice issues, preparing you to register as a social worker.

You’ll utilise practice skills required in a contemporary employment setting within professional social work standards/guidance from Social Work England (SWE), and codes of ethics from the British Association of Social Work (BASW). These include planning and implementing tasks, adaptability, autonomy, leadership and reflective practice.

During your final year you’ll undertake a research project in a field of social work practice – with the potential to disseminate your research project further afield and within practice partnership forums.

Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment through a number of key areas:

  • Industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities
  • Individual and group course support from academic advisers, a research supervisor and colleagues
  • Placement support from a practice educator (a qualified social worker) and an onsite work-based supervisor and placement tutor
  • Reinforcement and enhancement of topics, writing and study skills covered in prior study
  • Activities to build transferable and employability skills, reflecting on your own experiences and learning
Graduate view
Katie Bell

‘Being able to learn on the job and go on placement is a great opportunity to meet different people from the profession, and develop a deeper understanding which you don’t get from a textbook.’

Katie Bell, MSW Social Work

Course leaders and tutors

Chrissie Edmonds
Chrissie Edmonds
Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Chrissie Edmonds currently occupies a range of roles across the department, including Module Leader for the BASW and MSW, Placement Tutor for students whilst on prac … Read more

Applied learning


Practice-based learning is a core element of this course. We work in partnership with five statutory sector, local authority social work providers, three NHS Foundation Trusts, and third sector organisations. It’s through working in partnership with these provider organisations that we’re able to allocate your placements. While our dedicated placement team manages the placement finding process, academic staff are key in supporting you in your placement application.

Practice learning is supported in a number of ways:

  • Allocation of a suitably qualified Practice Educator (PE)
  • Where the PE is based offsite, a trained work-based supervisor is also allocated.
  • Allocation of a named member of academic staff to act as placement tutor
  • Learning agreement processes that check learning expectations including your supervision, provision of work opportunities, building of evidence against the practice standards of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) (BASW, 2018) and explaining key aspects of the procedures
  • Midpoint review meeting conducted by the placement tutor
  • Concerns meeting where indicated

Handbooks for practice learning and regulations, plus supporting information

There are two placement modules which are assessed in a different way to other modules. To meet the regulations of the Professional Capabilities Framework (BASW 2018), your practice capability and evidence must be passed by your practice educator in these two placements. You’ll be assessed through direct observations, supervision discussions, reflective journal submissions, feedback from people with lived experience and colleagues, and your own written work.

Networking opportunities

You’ll have extra-curricular career-focused activities from job fairs to employer events, volunteering and leadership awards, and training to assist with professional development. As a department we celebrate international social work with a global audience, so you’ll be able to engage in a range of online international activities and events.

Our student Social Work Society, our Global Majority Student Group and the Diverse Voices Conference are opportunities for you to come together and share experiences with other students and academic staff. From the point of student recruitment to assessment, our colleagues with lived experience and employer partners enhance your student experience and create real links to practice. You’ll have many opportunities to learn with and from students across the college, representing a range of health and social care professional groupings.

Field trips

A range of experiences are built into the course to develop your skills in connecting theoretical knowledge to real-world applications. As a department we value the importance of learning from diverse experiences, broadening your professional understanding and becoming a culturally competent social worker. Through the Turing Grant Scheme, we have a range of active partnerships across Africa, Europe and India, offering volunteering visits to community development or refugee agencies.

Future careers

Social work is an in-demand profession with a protected title. Our MSW is a professionally approved course which prepares you to become a newly qualified social worker. We have an excellent record of graduate employment – there are many aspects of employability skills designed into the modules and practice learning.

Previous graduates of this course have gone to work in:

  • Local authority children and families social work teams
  • Local authority adult social work teams
  • Safeguarding roles
  • Mental health low/medium secure units
  • Community mental health teams
  • Third sector organisations, like NSPCC, Womens Aid, Fostering Sector agencies

The course considers the Knowledge and Skills Statements for both adults and children's workforces. This provides key knowledge in preparation for your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’re based at our Collegiate Crescent campus, which includes:

  • Our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building
  • Specialist facilities, including a courtroom and simulated spaces
  • A 24-hour library and learning centre
  • Electronic tools and platforms for academic and professional work
  • Employment-based databases and client record systems
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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Evaluating Research Methodologies
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Law, Policy, Rights And Justice
Credits 20
Assessment Exam(100%)
Social Work Practice Placement One
Credits -
Theoretical Perspectives, Values And Ethics For Social Work
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Creating Original Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Evaluating Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Fields Of Social Work Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Social Work Practice Placement Two
Credits -

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £20,620 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time. Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 are: Year 1: £18,905 Year 2: £1,720.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £34,410 for the course which includes placement costs.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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