Faculty of Health Sciences

MA in Social Work

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2018/19

Open for admission in 2019/20

Start in September

Full time
MA 2 years

About the course

The MA in Social Work enables you to develop a sound grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values and we are committed to training you to the highest intellectual and professional standards. This innovative and challenging two-year programme has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC.

The programme enjoys strong relationships with service users and carers and a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. You will experience high-quality placements which offer excellent learning opportunities and support in practice. Many UK students receive support from the NHS Social Work Bursary Scheme. Opportunities also exist for students to take part in our annual International Social Work Student Conference. 

The University of Hull is one of the founding members of the Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership, which includes the biggest employers of social work practitioners in the area.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

Blended between Hull Campus and work placements. 

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £5,820

Many UK students receive support from the NHS Social Work Bursary Scheme.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase. 

  • International:
    2018/19 entry: £13,500
    2019/20 entry: £14,000

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

What you'll study

You'll study a mix of core and specialist modules. You'll also complete 20 practice skills training days across the first year.


You are provided with two placements, 70 days in the first year and 100 days in the second year, which are designed to enable you to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework’s national occupational standards. Placements are provided in a range of voluntary and statutory agencies in a variety of settings.

Year 1

  • Social, Political and Organisational Context of Social Work

  • Human Development Across the Lifespan

    You will study child, adolescent and adult development, with a particular focus on the themes of attachment, separation and loss. There are also practice skills exercises to help you to develop skills in observation, communication and assessment.

  • Critical Approaches to Mental Health

  • Child and Family Social Work

    You will be exposed to the entire spectrum of statutory work with children, young people, birth parents and alternative families i.e. family support; child protection; young offenders; looked after children and care leavers; fostering and adoptive families. There will be practice skills sessions around core themes such as assessments, therapeutic work and care planning.

  • Social Work with Adults

    This module focuses specifically on social work with adults in the community. The module will address the subject of social care for disabled people and people with long term health needs and will introduce you to adult protection and the harm and abuse of adults.

  • Specialisms in Practice

  • First Placement

    This module represents the first social work practice placement of 70 days undertaken with a social work agency or organisation. Exciting and challenging, you will develop and refine knowledge and skills, assessed by a practising social worker.

Year 2

  • Social Work Research and Dissertation

    This module provides an opportunity for you to select a topic of your own choice, carry out a library-based research review and examine the research methods, ethical procedures and dilemmas involved in social work research.

  • Final Placement

    You will undertake a 100 day Practice Placement, which will be in a contrasting setting to your first placement and which will include some statutory work. There are also specialist opportunities such as palliative social work. You are assessed with the same Practice Capability Framework, but need to reach the Domains at a higher level for last placement.

Work with leading experts and benefit from real-world experience to prepare for a career as a confident and compassionate professional.

Placements include projects dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, school inclusion and child sexual exploitation.

MA Social Work graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as qualified social workers.

The University of Hull is one of the founding members of the Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership, which includes the biggest employers of social work practitioners in the area.

Entry requirements

A first or a 2:1 degree (applicants with a 2:2 may be considered in certain circumstances), or equivalent (in any subject), plus at least GCSE grade C in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 English or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths).Experience of working in a helping capacity would be an advantage. 

If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet our requirements, please contact us

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Selection Day and will complete a number of assessments as part of our selection process including an interview and written test.

We offer places to applicants whose qualifications, experience, references and quality of application (including the personal statement) persuade us of their excellence.

We are required by our regulatory body, the HCPC, to check that applicants are suitable to undertake social work training. All students who are invited to a Selection Day must complete a confidential self-declaration form outlining any and all previous convictions and cautions (including those 'spent') and any medical or health conditions that may affect their ability to undertake academic or social work practice tasks.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.5 overall with 7.0 in each skill. For more information please visit the HYMS website.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

High quality placements are provided in both years of the course with a range of voluntary and statutory agencies in a variety of settings, offering students excellent experience and career development opportunities.

We organise a Careers Fair every Easter so that social work students can meet representatives from a range of employers from the statutory and independent sectors in the region and beyond.

While the most common occupation is that of social worker, our graduates are also employed as community workers, welfare rights advisers, housing officers, youth justice officers and drugs specialists. Some other post-graduates choose to embark upon further study in therapeutic practice and research and have returned to the University of Hull to complete doctorates in social work.