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If you want to be a professional social worker and already have a degree in a relevant subject, our MSc Social Work course will enable you to become a confident practitioner in the changing arena of social work.

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With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship-focused work and protection, you'll learn to work across the social work spectrum, with some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Once you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a social worker with the profession's regulator, Social Work England.

You'll have the skills and techniques you need to work in any social work setting, such as with children and families, adults, disabled people, older people and/or people with mental health problems, and in local authorities, healthcare settings or private, independent or voluntary organisations.

What you’ll experience

  • Be taught by expert staff and researchers who are active in the social work field
  • Learn through simulation, group work and skills workshops
  • Study the theory and practice of social work, empowering service users and promoting inclusion, and legal and policy frameworks
  • Understand how to work with children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities and vulnerable adults
  • Work closely with the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG), to help you understand service user experiences
  • Practise your profession-specific skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, a safe and supportive environment which uses innovative technologies to simulate real-life scenarios
  • Put your learning into action on practice placements

Work experience and career planning

When you graduate from the MSc Social Work degree course, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills to work in any branch of social work.

As a newly qualified social worker (NQSW), there are a number of opportunities open to you.

Most local authorities in England operate a scheme for newly qualified practitioners, the Approved and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).  This provides intensive supervision and guidance in your first year as well as a protected caseload.

Our graduates have gone to work for organisations including:

  • Local Authority Children and Families teams
  • Local Authority Adults teams
  • Multidisciplinary mental health teams
  • Youth Offending Teams (YOTs)
  • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCAS)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Society of St James
  • Red Cross
  • Homestart
  • MIND

We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your social work skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching and programme assessment

We're planning a blended approach to learning and teaching, consisting of timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision.

Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • live lectures
  • recorded lectures
  • seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • practice placements with service users and carers
  • roleplaying and simulation work

You'll work both independently and in groups with other students. You'll also take part in longer ‘skills days’ that provide a practice specific perspective on particular issues related to social work.

You'll be assessed both as you study and at the end of modules using innovative assessment methods designed to enhance your learning.

Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • exams
  • live presentations
  • reflective accounts
  • group assessments
  • practice portfolios

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Inclusion and Co-production
  • Legal and Policy Frameworks For Social Work
  • Occupational Health 
  • Social Work Skills Days 
  • Social Work Theory, Methods and Skills
  • Social Work Placement 
  • Social Work Tutorials

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Start date:

  • September 2022


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a lower classification will be considered on an individual basis, considering relevant experience and academic achievement. Applicants must also have relevant work experience, more than 3 months in voluntary or paid employment in a health, education or social care environment. All shortlisted applicants are subject to a holistic and multidimensional assessment process which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards, and includes an application, group discussion, individual presentation and an interview. International applicants must provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified English translation if necessary), before admission to the programme can be confirmed. Offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

Tuition Fee


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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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