The MSc in Social Work at UWS builds upon a long tradition of providing social work education dating back over 40 years. Social work education at UWS has a reputation second to none for promoting excellence in practice.
An Honours degree in a social science discipline (2:1 or above normally). Applications will be considered from applicants who have extensive practice experience and an honours degree in a social science discipline not less than 2:2 who can demonstrate that they are able to study at the requisite level.
This programme is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma component of the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the SSSC or other social work regulators throughout the United Kingdom. Students will be encouraged to complete the full Masters when they achieve the professional component of the programme.
This MSc offers a challenging and stimulating range of learning opportunities that will equip graduates with the key attributes necessary to work effectively in an increasingly globalised and pluralistic working environment. This MSc is based on two years of study culminating in a dissertation that will allow students to explore their chosen area of social work practice in considerable depth.
Social work is now establishing itself as a global profession. In keeping with this the curriculum fully reflects the differences, debates and tensions within global social work concerning the manner in which practice should be conducted and the way in which the profession should develop.
Social Work Theory: Application in Practice: this module provides an opportunity for students to develop an analytical and critical understanding of the theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches informing current social work practice in the community.
Assessed Practice 1: 85 days of practice placement under the supervision of a practice teacher
Students who complete the above two modules will be eligible for the Pg Certificate (not a professional qualification)
Applied Law for Social Work Practice: this module begins with an introduction to the functions of law in social work. Students will gain an understanding of sources of law, such as statutes, regulations and case law. There will be an exploration of what it means for social work to be a legally mandated profession and how the law
Assessed Practice 2: 85 days of practice placement under the supervision of a practice teacher
Students who complete the above four modules will be eligible for the Pg Diploma (which is the SSSC-accredited professional qualification)
Students who complete the above four modules and dissertation will be eligible for the full MSc.
UWS graduates enjoy excellent reputations with employers, working in local authority social services; the voluntary or independent sectors; and in health or education. Careers also involve children and families, community care or criminal justice.
Students will undertake placements in both years of their MSc programme. Practice learning is assessed through portfolios produced by the students in which they are required to demonstrate what they have achieved and understood while engaged in direct social work practice. Students are supervised by qualified practice teachers.
The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) component of this degree is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Upon successful completion of the PgDip degree graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the SSSC or other social work regulators throughout the United Kingdom.