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Advanced Social Work, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Advanced Social Work programme at Kingston University is designed and managed in consultation with employers, partner agencies and those accessing social work services. It complements the range of development opportunities available to social workers (including in-house training and career planning) and is a springboard for progression to doctoral studies.


The Advanced Social Work programme at Kingston University  is attuned to the vision of the Professional Capabilities Framework and Chief Social Workers' Knowledge & Skills Statements for social workers, which anticipate that experienced social workers may pursue multiple routes to progression. 

Consequently, you can combine specialist components, such as in the Best Interests Assessor module, with generic elements, such as supervision, professional education and leadership, management and decision making. This flexible format allows you to construct a programme of study to suit your professional profile and areas of developing expertise while benefiting from exchange with practitioners in other specialist roles.

Where this course will take you

The MA in Advanced Social Work seeks to support students in pursuing personal and career ambitions. This degree programme offers a structured professional development pathway to assist qualified social workers in meeting capabilities and standards of practice that are consistent with the role of experienced and advanced practitioners.

The skills and knowledge gained through this degree will assist practitioners at these levels in undertaking diverse roles such as team leader, workforce development manager, service manager, principal social worker, and other senior leadership and management roles. This course also offers a route to undertaking further research and scholarship potentially leading to doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Best Interests Assessor
  • Planning and Delivery of Training
  • Supervision of Professional Practice
  • Leading and Managing People in Social Work Practice
  • Leading and Managing in Social Work and Social Care Organisations
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • A professional qualification in social work and substantial current or recent experience in a relevant setting for the course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14220 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6805 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6805 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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