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Master of Social Work, MSW

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Master of Social Work at Kingston University is an integration of theory and frontline practical experience. It covers all client groups including child and family, adult, and mental health. You will become eligible to apply for entry onto the register of qualified social workers after completing the course.

Overview

Studying the Master of Social Work at Kingston University will give you the opportunity to analyse social work in depth and develop your skills in our purpose built skills lab by critically examining the research evidence that forms best practice.

Service users and carers play a key role in social work education, they contribute to teaching, readiness for direct practice, interview students, take part in student role playing to ensure you have the most authentic experience before entering practice. Innovative teaching and learning, combining interactive workshops, peer learning, skills simulations, experiential learning and digital technology.

As part of the joint faculty of Kingston and St George's, there are opportunities to take part in interdisciplinary activities with other health and education professionals. If you are a graduate looking to gain a professional qualification in social work and to become eligible to apply for entry onto the register of qualified social workers, this two-year course is ideal.

Where this course will take you

On completing the course you will be eligible to apply to the Social Work England to register as a social worker. Employment opportunities are available in:

  • Children's services and family support
  • Community care and adult services
  • Adult/youth criminal justice services
  • Community, day, residential and health settings
  • Mental health, disability, learning disabilities, older adults, addictions, and forensic services
  • Portable social work qualification that you can use to work overseas.
  • Post-qualifying programmes available

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Readiness for Direct Practice
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Human Development and the Social Environment
  • Applied Social Work Practice
  • Legal, Ethical and Policy Frameworks for Social Work Practice
  • Specialist Practice Interest
  • Independent Study: A Capstone Project

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

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject.
  • Key Skills Level 2 or equivalent (eg GCSE A–C) in English and Mathematics or equivalently validated access course credits.
  • All applicants must confirm prior to interview that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.
  • Demonstrable experience in the social care sector, obtained through paid employment or as a volunteer or user/carer experience; and have other work/life experience related to the sector or likely to be of value to the sector.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14220 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6805 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6805 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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