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Social Work MSW

UCAS code Mode Duration Attendance Start date
L508 Full time 2 years 3 days a week
  • September 2014

Choose Kingston's Social Work MSW

If you are a graduate looking to gain a professional qualification in social work and eligibility for entry onto the register of qualified social workers, this two-year course is ideal. Studying at masters level will give you the opportunity to analyse social work in depth and develop your skills by critically examining the research evidence that forms best practice.

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What will you study?

You will become equipped with the foundation knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. You will study contemporary issues, ethical and legal frameworks, frameworks for assessment and intervention with children and their families and with vulnerable adults, and human growth and development. You will have the opportunity to shadow experienced social workers and make observation visits.

You will undertake three practice placements during the two years and work towards meeting the requirements of the Six Key Roles of Social Workers, which are set out in the National Occupational Standards for Social Work. In addition, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your professional capabilities outlined under the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).


Individual and group presentations, essays, exams, case studies, practice assessment, dissertation/project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


  • Contemporary Issues and the Policy Context of Social Work
  • Developing Skills for Practice
  • Ethical and Legal Frameworks for Social Work Practice
  • Frameworks for Assessment and Intervention with Children and their Families
  • Frameworks for Assessment and Intervention with Vulnerable Adults
  • Frameworks for Understanding and Responding to Social Work issues
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Practice Placements
  • Research Methods
  • Social Work Approaches
  • Dissertation/Project

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

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