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Social Work MA

Social work involves working with some of society’s most vulnerable citizens.  As a social worker you can have a significant impact on the lives of the vulnerable people that you work with. 


Thank you for your interest in studying Social Work MA at De Montfort University (DMU).

This popular degree programme is currently being reviewed in order to allow the university to meet the changing academic standards expected under the UK Government’s planned transformation of social work.

As a result, the university is deferring recruitment for this degree programme for 12 months, from 2017/18 to 2018/19.

During this time the university will be submitting enhanced plans for the programme for approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in early 2018. This approval will ensure that all who graduate from the programme will be eligible to apply register with HCPC.

To find out more, please continue to refer to this webpage – which will be updated as soon as details of the 2018/19 programme become available – or find out more about the range of related postgraduate degree programmes, available to study at DMU from September 2017 including:

If you have already applied, or been made an offer, to study the Social Work MA degree programme from September 2017 your application will be deferred until September 2018.

If this option is not suitable for you, you may choose to reapply to DMU to study a different postgraduate course from September 2017, or apply to a different institution for a Social Work course beginning in September 2017.

For more information, please contact the Health and Life Sciences Admissions team, at or call +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can also find out more about our postgraduate degree programmes by booking your place at our next Postgraduate Open Day, or speak to staff and students from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at one of our Online Chat events. 

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: L50080

Duration: Two years full-time

Attendance: You will be required to achieve a minimum of 70% attendance. 

Start date: Proposed September/ October 2018 

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
2018/19 full-time - £5,150
2018/19 part-time - £430 per 15 credits

Social work bursaries and student loans

There will be a reduced and restricted number of bursaries available for post graduate social work students through universities in England. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services Authority

This funding route could be subject to change so do check the situation with NHS Business Services before application. Any social work bursaries awarded to DMU will be allocated to students on a competitive basis. 

Students who have not been successful in gaining a bursary may be eligible for a student loan for study depending on their circumstances.     

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course and DMU accommodation costs.


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Institution code: D26

Course code: L50080

Duration: Two years full-time

Attendance: You will be required to achieve a minimum of 70% attendance. 

Start date: Proposed September/ October 2018

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 
2018/19 full-time fees £13,600

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course and about DMU accommodation costs.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Entry criteria

Current admission criteria are being reviewed as part of the validation process and subject to final approval.

Typically, you need to already have a 2:1 degree and a minimum of 6 months full-time relevant paid or voluntary work experience, or equivalent (approximately 800 hours), within the social care sector.

Students who hold a 2:2 degree and have a post graduate qualification and/or substantial work experience (12 months or over) in the social care sector can be considered.

All applicants must hold at least a GCSE grade C in English Language and Maths or agreed equivalent on admission. For students whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 7 is required.




Within your application (and interview – if selected) you will have to explain your motivation to undertake social work as a career and evidence an initial understanding of the profession.

Applicants will be asked to confirm their competence in I.T. skills before being offered a place.

Contact if you have any questions over entry and admissions criteria. 

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Proposed Modules

  • Children and Families Social Work
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Social Work Theories and Methods
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Understanding Professional Practice in Social Work
  • Research Methods
  • Placement One
  • Placement Two
  • Research Dissertation  

Teaching and assessment

There will be a variety of teaching methods e.g. formal lectures, student led learning, problem based learning, self-directed study and e-learning within the course.

With on-going assessment being informed by essays, group presentations, case studies, exams and skills exercises and placement portfolio and other methods. In your final year you will complete a research dissertation.  

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you with your academic learning.

The Social Work MA has 170 days practice based learning. You will be assessed as being ready for direct practice before your first placement by participating on 30 skills days related to social work practice.

We have strong links with placement providers which produce high quality placements supervised by practice educators. Placements are normally within the Leicester City or Leicestershire geographical area. Placements are full-time work-based learning commitments.       

Teaching and learning is structured around the relevant professional standards for social work – the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards for proficiency for Social Workers in England  and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for Social Workers The standards will inform your academic and placement based assessment.  

Teaching contact hours

During teaching semesters it is envisaged there will be three days teaching per week.  

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships > 


Graduate careers

This course is vocational - up to half of the course is spent on placement in social work settings. The Social Work MA aims to produce capable and competent students ready to enter the profession and make a difference to service user’s lives.

The qualification is generic so you will be able to work across a range of adult and childcare settings in both the statutory and voluntary sector.  


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