MA Social Work

The University of Chichester provides social work awards in partnership with West Sussex Children and Adult Services and other partners from the voluntary, independent and private sector organisations.  Practice is seen as central to the programme as an experiential base for learning, supported by a rigorous tutorial system, designed to help students integrate academic learning with their experience in social work and social care.  As a result we have an excellent record in providing students with high quality, relevant practice placements.

The MA Social Work is nationally recognised and will be approved and endorsed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Student view

Peter Burrows
The course is driven by a warm and experience team, with an abundance of lived and worked experience in their specific fields. In addition, their creativity towards the subjects we are learning is hugely stimulating and challenging. The lecturers are always open with their suggestions and there has never been a moment when they are not there to give support and advice for those difficult times. Not to forget the advantage of a truly approachable administration team who are an integral part of the department, and knowing there are always available with additional support for all those other challenges is vastly reassuring. Speaking from the heart, the course would have to be described as life changing and an essential component towards gaining a greater understanding and compassion in relation to our own communities and fellow human beings.

Course content

The programme has three possible levels of outcome:

  1. Postgraduate Certificate  (PG Cert): The Postgraduate Certificate lasts for approximately twelve months. Completion of a set number of academic credits will enable the award of Postgraduate Certificate.
  2. Postgraduate Diploma ( PG Dip): The Postgraduate Diploma lasts for a period of between twelve and twenty four months. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is conditional on the achievement of academic credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7).
  3. Master’s Degree  (MA): Completion of the dissertation will enable students to achieve the cumulative 180 credits required for the award of the MA.

The programme is appropriate for you if you are interested in:

  • High professional and academic standards;                                                            
  • A commitment to forms of practice which proactively address discrimination and oppression;
  • A strong emphasis on research-mindedness;
  • Excellent practice learning opportunities provided in partnership with local and regional social work agencies and service users.
  • If you have completed relevant work experience prior to applying

If you enjoy:

  • Problem solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Working independently and in groups
  • Engaging in debate

If you want:

  • A qualification that will equip you for a range of careers in social work, social care, probation and criminal justice.
  • To work in statutory, voluntary and independent sector organisations in the UK and overseas.

About the programme

Students may study typically over 2 academic years to successfully complete and receive the MA Social Work.

The programme has three possible levels of outcome:

  • Postgraduate Certificate  (PG Cert): The Postgraduate Certificate lasts for approximately twelve months. Completion of a set number of academic credits will enable the award of Postgraduate Certificate.
  • Postgraduate Diploma ( PG Dip): The Postgraduate Diploma lasts for a period of between twelve and twenty four months. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is conditional on the achievement of academic credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7).
  • Master’s Degree  (MA): Completion of the dissertation will enable students to achieve the cumulative 180 credits required for the award of the MA. 

Please see our Postgraduate Tuition Fees.

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Social Work course is delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.  There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. Your Social Work subject librarian will be available to help you access all the library resources on the shelves and online.

Where this can take you

Social Work MA will equip you for a range of careers in social work, social care, probation and criminal justice. You will be able to work in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector organisations in the UK and overseas.

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Human Development and Psychology
  • Across the Lifespan
  • Social Work Law and Social Policy
  • Social Work Methods of Assessment,
  • Intervention, Risk and Safeguarding
  • Values, Dilemmas and Conflicts in
  • Social Work Practice
  • Assessed Practice 1
  • Professional Practice Skills

Year Two

  • Research Methods and Dissertation
  • Reflection, Analysis and Decision Making with Children and Adults
  • Assessed Practice 2 

Teaching and Assessment

We focus on teaching quality as our first priority. Teaching staff are accessible and approachable and all of our staff have experience of working within a statutory or voluntary social work agency which means that you will be taught by professionals who have extensive, professional practice experience, as well as who publish a large number of nationally recognised books on social work.  You will be supported in small tutor groups and will be allocated a dedicated personal tutor who will work with you for the duration of your course and support you in the application of professional standards in practice placements and the development of critical evaluation and reflection.
Most modules are assessed through written assignments or presentations. The practice elements of the course are assessed through portfolio presentation and assessor reports. The course includes a dissertation module.

UCAS code: 
L501
College Code: 
C58

Course length

2 Years (Typically)

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

First or second class honours degree, normally in a social science subject;
Social work or social care experience of up to six months or equivalent part-time (paid or voluntary);
GSCE English and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above or equivalent;
A satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 on each element (from those for whom English is not their first language)