12 months
18700 GBP/year
8440 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Comparative and International Social Work from the University of York is one of a very small number of programmes in the UK that focuses on social work in an international context.

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The MA in Comparative and International Social Work from the University of York  explores comparative approaches to social work policy and practice in international and local contexts. You will develop research skills allowing you to investigate real-world issues in social work. Practice-based learning lets you apply your theoretical knowledge to practical challenges of leadership and delivery.

Through multi-disciplinary and cross-national study you will gain in-depth knowledge of key social work theories and current issues, preparing you to contribute to global debates and lead change in policy and practice.

Careers and skills

On graduation, you will be well-equipped to pursue opportunities in local, national, cross-national and global social work organisations where research, advanced practice, and analysis skills applied to global social work challenges are highly valued.

You'll also find you develop transferable skills that will allow you to progress to different career areas or to continue your studies at PhD level.

Career opportunities

  • International, national and regional social work agencies
  • International charities
  • NGOs
  • Think tanks and policy units
  • Development work
  • Advocacy and campaigning organisations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Social Work: Concepts and Contexts for Research and Practice
  • International Social Work
  • Practice-focused Learning
  • Globalisation and Social Policy
  • Global Social Problems and Global Social Policy
  • Global Crime and Justice
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent
  • We may also consider relevant work experience along with evidence of your academic potential - please contact our admissions team to discuss your individual circumstances.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees

  • Home: £4,220
  • EU and International: £9,350

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 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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