MA Social Work

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Full-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): To be confirmed
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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About this course

Qualify as a social worker on LJMU's Social Work MA which is recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council and caters for all service users in many settings.

  • Study for the qualifying award for social work, recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
  • Develop the necessary knowledge and skills to practice as a qualified social worker in a range of settings
  • Learn from experienced social work practitioners
  • Benefit from two key work placements 
  • Enjoy a wide range of teaching and assessment techniques

This programme will give you the skills, confidence and ability to: work with people in a caring and professional manner, assess situations for change, write concise and coherent reports and make convincing spoken and written presentations of ideas. You will summarise and present data, work individually and as part of a team and produce solutions to problems.

The programme is geared to training and supporting knowledgeable and skilled practitioners, who are aware of the importance of service users, and to giving them a genuine voice and choice in the services available to them. Underpinning all aspects of the training is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values.


The course is designed to balance academic learning and the development of social work skills. The curriculum is mapped against the QAA benchmark for Social Work 2008, the Standards of Proficiency (HCPC) 2012 and the Professional Capabilities Framework Guidance on Conduct and Ethics.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2016) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Social work is an exciting, intellectually stimulating and emotionally challenging career, enabling you to make a positive difference in the community.

This course enables individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to work as fully qualified social workers, in a range of settings, catering for all service users.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Contemporary Social Work Practice

This module enables you to review contemporary social work practice with a range of service user groups. It gives you the opportunity to relate academic teaching to your first year placement and reflect on a range of theories, values and ethics in relation to social work practice.

Social Work Knowledge and Skills

This module provides the essential knowledge and skills for practice in professional social work. It enables you to develop an understanding of the professional social work role and equip yourself with the basic skills to work effectively in a range of social work contexts.

Law and Social Policy for Practice

This module provides a critical overview of social policy and legislative context for social work practice. On completion, you will have a firm understanding of the key pieces of legislation relevant to social work practice. It enables you to:

  • link social policy to the development of legislation, which in turn impacts the rights of service users and current social work practice
  • apply legislation to case studies and consider the tensions and dilemmas that arise as a result of compulsory social work intervention in the lives of service users, their families and carers
  • evidence HCPCs SOPs and demonstrate their capabilities

Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice

This module will enable you to critically appraise the impact of poverty, inequality and social justice on social work practice. On completion, you will gain a firm understanding of the meaning and effects of poverty and inequality on service users and their relevance to social work practice. You will be able to link poverty and inequality to poverty awareness, social justice responses in your practice, as well as identify any limitations to these approaches.

Introduction to Research Methods

This module provides a critical knowledge base of the philosophy and underpinning assumptions of research for social work and prepares you to carry out research. It aims to develop and assess your knowledge of methodologies and research methods, and understanding and transferable skills in the independent investigation, research, communication and evaluation of issues related to effective and ethical professional practice and policy.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

This is a full-time course. In year one, there will be up to four days on-site study per week and in year two, this will be reduced to three days. Independent learning hours vary from module to module.

Teaching methods

You will mainly be taught by registered social work practitioners who are also expert teachers, researchers and writers. Tutors have good practice connections in the local area ensuring that course content is always informed by the latest practice.

Staff use a wide variety of teaching methods. Interactive lectures involve a range of student-centred learning approaches, including small group work, role-play, discussion and case studies. Specialist IT and online resources are also used. Practical sessions involve live enactments to enhance communication and interpersonal skills and you will present your work both individually and in groups.

The course benefits from Liverpool’s diverse and vibrant culture. The city’s excellent art galleries and museums, for example, offer ample opportunities for critical reflection, with the world renowned International Slavery Museum used to explore the roots of oppression.

In addition to this, the varied life stages and experiences of the students themselves create a rich learning environment for all.

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Applied learning

The programme places a is a strong emphasis on integrating practice and theory, with the purpose of producing theoretically informed and highly competent practitioners.

During your study, you will undertake a 70 day full time placement (year one) and a 100 day full time placement (year two) with additional time to complete your dissertation. This will enable you to strengthen your knowledge and experience in the field.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

You will be continually assessed via essays, group and individual presentations, self-assessment questionnaires and practice learning reports. The research project, completed as part of the dissertation module, offers the chance to make a real impact.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Daz Greenop

Daz Greenop

Programme Leader

Daz’s professional career focuses on delivering and developing services and support for rough sleepers, people with mental health difficulties, palliative care needs and learning disabilities. He achieved this first as an Assistant Psychologist, and then as a Social Worker.   He is interested in the broad fields of: health psychology, medical sociology and critical disability studies, particularly issues of self-care, embodiment and personalisation in relation to disability and illness. He has also been involved in several externally funded studies including a number of projects with LJMU’s Centre for Dementia Studies.

The most rewarding aspect of my role is one-to-one supervision and tutorial support, particularly when students are struggling with academic work and/or difficult circumstances. It has been a great source of pleasure seeing a number of those who were close to failing or quitting succeed against the odds and become effective practitioners.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Situated in the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in social sciences or a related subject area. Candidates with a 2:2 may be considered on a case by case basis
  • a minimum 500 hours prior experience either paid or voluntary in the social welfare field
  • English and Mathematics GCSE Grade C 


  • equivalent Level 2 qualifications: Key Skills, City and Guilds, OCR (via Learn Direct) and ALAN

We are seeking to recruit people who demonstrate:

  • a social conscience coupled with a lively and critical mind
  • concern about issues such as child and elder abuse, social exclusion, crime, poverty, physical and mental health and the desire to do something about them
  • a desire to enter a profession that works to support problem-solving in human relationships and promotes social change
  • an ability to reflect on their personal life experiences and how this has led them to social work as an area of study and possible career

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Additional information

  • IELTS 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Extended personal statements

Prior to submitting your application you must submit an extended personal statement. Read this document for more information about what's required in your statement.

Incomplete application forms will not be accepted and we are unable to accept amendments, so please take care to ensure you have completed all relevant parts of the UCAS application form.

We shortlist applicants based on current qualifications, predicted grades, references and UCAS personal statement and extended personal statement. The assessment process for social work candidates is directed by the Health and Care Professions Council Professional requirements.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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