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Master of Social Work (MSW)

UCAS code Mode Duration Attendance Start date
L508 Full time 2 years 3 days a week (University days), 5 days a week (placements) September 2019
L510 Part time 3 years 1.5 days a week (University days), 5 days a week (placements) September 2019

Choose Kingston's Social Work MSW

This two-year universal qualification 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.

Our MSW is recognised across the UK and internationally.

Studying at masters level 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.

Our staff are experienced registered social workers, and up-to-date with latest research.

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.

The MSW is a unique internationally recognised qualification, popular in United States. You will have the opportunity to take part in an international placement.

The course is underpinned by the British Association of Social Workers' (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and will enable you to meet the required standards for social workers in England.

Watch a video to see students discussing their studies at the School of Social Work:

What will you study?

You will become equipped with the core knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. On this programme you will learn about effective approaches to work with children and their families and adults at risk (including older adults, and mental health social work practice). You will study legal, policy and ethical frameworks for social work practice; human development; social work methods of assessment and intervention.

Emphasis is placed from the start of the programme on learning skills for social work practice. You will first undertake a Readiness for Direct Practice module in our state-of-the-art Practice Learning Skills Lab. This is followed by two contrasting placements of 70 days and 100 days. A specialist practice interest module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study in a chosen area of special interest and can be taken in a national or international setting.


Individual and group presentations, essays, exam, case studies, portfolio, feedback, practice assessment and final project.

Course structure

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


  • Readiness for Direct Practice
  • First Placement 1 (70 days)
  • Final Placement 2 (100 days)
  • 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

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, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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