Our full-time Social Work Masters degree course combines in-depth professional training and tuition with high-quality practice placements. Graduate from ARU and you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified social worker.
We’ve designed our postgraduate Social Work degree for graduates with at least six months’ relevant work experience, who want to qualify as professional social workers.
An intensive orientation programme at the start of the course will develop your practical skills ready for your first placement, and will introduce you to theories and approaches within social work.
Your typical weekly pattern while studying your Social Work Masters degree will then become one day of lectures and training on campus, with the rest of the week being either independent study or supported placement.
You’ll spend 70 days on practice placement in year 1 and 100 days in year 2. These practice placements will be in contrasting settings, one of which will involve statutory intervention and will include one placement in children’s services and one in adults. It’s likely that you’ll have to travel as part of your placement, so you’ll need your own transport to visit service users in the community, where public transport may not be available.
From communication skills to legal duties, professional decision-making to an understanding of socio-economic factors, our course will equip you fully for the challenges you’ll face in social work.
You may be eligible for a Social Work Bursary in the first and second year of your degree. It can help with living and travel costs and doesn't have to be repaid.
Upon graduating with a Social Work Masters degree from ARU, you’ll be eligible for professional registration.
Course Contact Cambridge: Dr Cynthia Okpokiri
Course Contact Chelmsford: Jas Sangha
You could build a career in the various branches of professional social work, including children’s services, adult services, mental health services, youth offending, residential social care and providing advocacy and support for vulnerable groups.
We’ll assess you for your Master’s degree through academic assignments, practice debriefs and the portfolios you’ll build up, detailing your professional development.
Your final piece of work will be a Dissertation, which must be a substantial, research-based piece of work that demonstrates your knowledge, ideas and professional skills.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
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You may be eligible for a social work bursary in the first and second year of your degree. It can help with living and travel costs and doesn't have to be repaid.
The Social Work Team nominates students for the bursary using our own nomination criteria, and you must also meet the separate eligibility criteria of the Department of Health and Social Care.
There are a limited number of bursaries available each year and the process is competitive. We consider your score at interview and attendance from week 1 of the course.
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Due to the national lockdown all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic all our students can choose to either study face to face on campus or online only, and students are able to change their mode of delivery at given dates throughout the trimester.
For on campus teaching, we offer at least 4 hours face to face teaching related contact time per week for our undergraduate full time programmes supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours vary course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering face to face teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
This course is not currently available to international students. You may be interested in our MSc Social Welfare and Social Policy degree as an alternative.
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