MSc Social Work

The MSc Social Work has been designed to develop and challenge students in order for them to become independent and critically reflective practitioners. Students on the programme are required to actively engage and contribute to the learning process as opposed to being purely recipients of knowledge. The programme is taught by academics who are committed to student learning and addressing, in a systematic manner, issues of social justice and human rights.

MSc Social Work at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

  • Normally a first or higher second-class Honours degree 
  • Applicants with a lower second-class Honours degree, or those seeking to change fields where they can demonstrate an aptitude for the professional role and demonstrate an understanding of the role of social workers may also be considered
  • A GCSE A*-C pass in English and Mathematics, or equivalent, is required
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required on acceptance of the offer of a place. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website at
  • Initial assessment of Fitness/Suitability to Practise, including relevant medical information; and a self-declaration form must be completed by applicants
  • Prior social care experience in either a paid or voluntary capacity in a relevant setting - community care, youth justice or another setting where caring or teaching is a feature in order to demonstrate an informed decision to embark on a career in social work

If English is not your first language: 

IELTS 7.0 (with no element below 6.5) or equivalent

Degree duration

Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 3 years

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Fee | £6,900 p/a
Total Cost | £13,800

International Students

Fee | £12,950 p/a
Total Cost | £25,900

Additional costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Accreditation: The programme is approved by the statutory regulator - the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Application process: All applications must be made via UCAS. Applicants will need to complete the registration process before creating their application online. Full details are available on the UCAS website:

Applications can be made via UCAS from the autumn of the year prior to entry and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The course code is L501 and our institution code is W76. The deadline for applications is 15 January. If you wish to apply after this date please contact us.

Work placement: In the first year, students are required to complete a 70-day practice learning placement. In the second year, students are required to complete a 100-day practice learning placement. Each placement is different and is matched to the student's needs, aptitude and experiences.

Funding: Students studying MSc Social Work may be eligible for a bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Fact: Students have the opportunity to work in practice with experienced professionals who contribute to the student's development of professional skills, knowledge and values.

Fact: The course has a unique seminar programme that runs throughout the year.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

Social Work at Winchester provides you with the knowledge, skills and values essential for practising as a newly qualified social worker, enabling you to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

On this course, you cover the key knowledge base as applied to social work – social policy, legislation, research and importance of evidence informed practice, aspects of psychology and sociology, social work theory, and social work methods and communication.

Firstly, there is an introduction to the development of professional identity and the acquisition of professional values. You then examine the complexities and importance of inter-professional working; develop an understanding of the importance of sociological and psychological perspectives across the life course; and gain a critical understanding of different types of interventions underpinned by legislation and social policy. A key introductory module enforces the concept of professional, reflective practice and professional boundaries.

There are two practice learning placements – 70-days in the first year and 100-days in the second year. Each placement is different and matched to your needs, aptitude and experiences.

On completion of the course, you will have a good knowledge of risk and assessment, a clear sense of the opportunities and demands of being a professional social work practitioner, and the skills and knowledge required at a newly qualified level.

The programme is approved by the statutory regulator – the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Year 1 

  • Introduction to Professional Social Work
  • The Legal and Professional Knowledge Base of Social Work
  • Professional Social Work: Methods and Interventions
  • First Practice Placement 
  • Human Growth and Development

Year 2 

  • Research Methods and Evidence Informed Practice
  • Social Work Risk Assesment 
  • Social Work in Contemporary Society
  • Dissertation
  • Second Practice Placement

Lecturers have varied experiences and interests which they draw on to develop insights in the workplace and help students develop employability skills such as report writing and critical analysis.

The cohorts of students are small to enable the teaching team to provide the necessary challenge and appropriate levels of support to develop curiosity, autonomy and creativity in practice and learning.

The integration of subject specialists and outside speakers is a unique feature of the course - Master Classes offer students the chance to learn alongside external practitioners and there are strong links with partner agencies who provide both practice placements and contribute to the teaching and development of the course. Service Users and Carers contribute to the learning of students throughout the programme.

The MSc Social Work programme is a professional training programme that demands a high level of commitment and full attendance. For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Programme Leader​

  •  Baljit Soroya​

There is an increased emphasis on formative assessment, particularly in the early stages of module delivery. This enables students to practice and develop certain skills, and receive feedback, which helps support and improve their final summative assignments. The range of assignments are designed to meet individual student's varying learning styles and support the development of a range of skills required for practice.

Assessment formats include presentations (individual and group); facilitation of seminars; written assignments (essays, reports and case studies); portfolios; exams (a mixed approach); practical skills assessment; online assessment; and product outputs (academic posters/leaflet).

Practice is assessed through observation and reflection on practice, completion of a portfolio and written assignments. There are also opportunities for practical skills assessment including experiential learning and presentations.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates could work with any service user or carer group across the profession, ranging from work in the statutory sector for both children and adults through to roles within the voluntary and independent sector.​

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

This course uses the UCAS undergraduate applications system, the closing date for the reciept of applications is 15 January 2018. Find out more at

Part-time applicants need to apply directly. 

Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here

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