Social Work (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 Months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Social Work at University of Kent

Location: Medway


You have access to placements across a range of settings, allowing you to develop your practice and research skills and apply knowledge to practice. Our graduates become confident, competent practitioners. Home/EU students may be eligible to apply for a Department of Health bursary for both years of study.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • social work services, service users and carers (SB5.1.1) the service delivery context (SB5.1.2) and the nature of social work practise (SB5.1.5)
  • theories and models for social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities, and the methods derived from them (PCF5.8; SB5.1.4; SoP13.4)
  • the nature, definition, development and application of relevant values and philosophical ethical principles (SB5.1.3; SoP13.4)
  • in-depth appreciation of the principles of rights, justice and economic well-being and their significance for social work practise (PCF4)
  • the relevance of psychological, environmental, sociological, economic and physiological perspectives for understanding the impact of a range of factors on personal and social development and functioning (SoP 13.4; PCF5.4) including spiritual and cultural factors (PCF5)
  • human growth and development across the lifespan including mental health, disability and needs arising from age-related ill health and disadvantage (PCF5.3; SoP13.4)
  • in-depth appreciation of the legal and policy framework for social work practise with individuals, families, groups and communities (SoP13.4) including critical understanding of the scope for professional judgement (PCF5.2)
  • the impact of injustice, social inequalities, policies and other issues which affect the demand for social work services (SoP13.4)
  • concepts of participation, advocacy, empowerment, partnership working, including working with service users and carers, and information sharing across professional disciplines and agencies (SoP13.4)
  • the relevance of sociological perspectives to understanding societal and structural influences on human behaviour (SoP3.4).

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • the critical evaluation of knowledge and evidence from a range of sources (SB7.3)
  • using research and inquiry techniques with reflective awareness, to collect, critically analyse and interpret relevant information (SB7.3)
  • practicing as an autonomous professional, exercising your own professional judgement (SoP4) exercising autonomy and initiative in individual decision-making (SB7.4)
  • awareness of the impact of culture, equality and diversity on practise (SoP5)
  • reflecting on and reviewing practise (SoP11) incorporating appraisal of previous learning into future learning and practise (SB7.3)
  • the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to your profession (SoP13)
  • the potential and limitations of social work as a practise-based discipline to effect individual and social change (SB7.3).

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • drawing on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practise (SoP14) using knowledge and understanding in an integrated way in specific practise contexts and to engage in effective relationships with service users and carers (SB7.3)
  • practising safely and effectively within your scope of practise (SoP1) applying creatively a repertoire of core skills (SB7.4)
  • problem-solving including: managing problem solving activities; gathering information; analysis and synthesis; and intervention and evaluation (SB5.5)
  • practising within the legal and ethical boundaries of your profession (SoP2) integrating clear understanding of ethical issues and codes of values in practise (SB7.4)
  • maintaining fitness to practise (SoP3)
  • practising in an anti-discriminatory and non-oppressive manner (SoP6)
  • maintaining confidentiality (SoP7) and maintaining records appropriately (SoP10)
  • assuring the quality of your practise (SoP12) demonstrating habits of critical reflection on your performance and taking responsibility for modifying action in light of this (SB7.4).

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communicating effectively to an advanced/post graduate level (SB5.6; SoP8)
  • applying IT and numerical skills (SB5.9)
  • problem solving skills, including managing problem-solving activities, gathering information, analysis and synthesis, intervention and evaluation (SB5.5)
  • working effectively and appropriately with others, including challenging others where necessary (SB5.7; SoP9)
  • personal and professional development skills including managing uncertainty, change and stress; critical and effective use of research (SB5.8).

This programme aims to:

  • provide high-quality social work education, including admissions procedures and an assessment strategy and design, that meet:
    • the Standards of Education and Training set out by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC 2017)
    • the Standards of Proficiency required for registration as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC SoPs; SETs 4.1; 6.1)
    • the outcome statements for qualifying education in relation to the Professional Capabilities Framework
    • expectations about standards for the award of the Master's degree in social work as set out in the Subject Benchmark Statement for Social Work (QAA 2016)
  • deliver research-led education which will equip you with the knowledge, skills, confidence and critical understanding necessary to practise social work in complex and demanding environments.
  • provide social work education which emphasises the importance of social work as a moral activity involving the study, application of and reflection upon ethical principles (SB4.6) ensure that you understand the implications of the HCPC’s standards of conduct, performance and ethics (HCPC SETs 2012: 4.5)
  • enable you to learn to become to become accountable, reflective, critical and evaluative (SB4.7) and support and develop autonomous and reflective thinking (HCPC SETs 4.6)
  • enable you to acquire, critically evaluate, apply, and integrate knowledge and understanding in the specified core areas of study (SB5.1) and to integrate theory and practise effectively at an advanced level (HCPC SETs 4.3)
  • promote the development of skills that may be of value in many situations, eg analytical thinking, building relationships, working as a member of an organisation, intervention, evaluation and reflection (SB5.2)
  • deliver social work education that is relevant and up-to-date and which encourages creativity, evidence-based and research-informed practise (HCPC SETs 4.4; 4.7)
  • deliver an effective ‘process curriculum’ in terms of how content is taught, paying close attention to the involvement of service users and carers, practitioners, modelling anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practise and confident professional identity (TCSW edref4)
  • maintain and enhance partnerships with regional employers and other stakeholders in order to: secure the supply of appropriate practice placements and suitably qualified practitioners; exchange ideas concerning the content of the qualifying programme; lead at strategic level (TCSW)
  • ensure that you acquire skills, knowledge and abilities commensurate with Master's degree requirements, including independent research skills
  • produce and prepare postgraduates of value to the region and nationally, in possession of key knowledge and skills with the capacity to develop further professionally.

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Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

Entry requirements

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