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University of Portsmouth: Social Work

Institution University of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Science and Health
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


Overview This two-year Master’s degree in Social Work will equip you with the skills and experience you need to become a professional social worker and make a real difference in the lives of children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities or vulnerable adults.

The course combines theory and practice – you’ll learn about the latest legislation, planning and policy, and put it all into practice in professional settings, with real people.

You’ll undertake two separate work placements – one in your first year and one in your second year, most likely with local NHS social service providers.

The NHS bursary for postgraduate social work students can help with the cost of your fees, your living costs, and includes a contribution towards your placement travel expenses.

When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a social worker with the professional regulatory body, Social Work England.

What you'll experience

  • Our staff are current and recent social work professionals

  • Take part in skills days – full-day workshops with professional social workers to help prepare you for your placements

  • Practise your skills in our Simulation Centre which features a realistic flat, bedroom and hospital ward where you'll prepare for home visits and care-giving in hospital and care home settings

  • Work closely with our Social Work Inclusion Group – local social services users from a variety of backgrounds that help our students understand the needs of different individuals and communities

  • Develop your critical and analytical skills with a dissertation project on a subject in your own area of interest

  • Undertake two placements in professional practice settings which could be schools, supported living facilites, hospitals or health centres

Careers and opportunities 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.

What jobs can you do with a Social Work degree? Career opportunities include: - social worker

  • practice teacher

  • care manager

  • persistent offender coordinator

  • family support worker

  • housing adviser

  • homelessness/substance abuse charities

  • PhD study

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


University of Portsmouth



 Why Portsmouth?
A stronger sense of direction. Opportunities to specialise and further your prospects. A big step towards achieving your ambitions. Portsmouth is a university where you can connect with great people and businesses, and unlock career possibilities.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

  • 5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2022
  •  Outstanding Gold-rated teaching for our students (TEF) …
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