Kingston University London - Master of Social Work (MSW)

Kingston University London

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Masters of Social Work is a postgraduate intensive qualification that will enable you to become a social worker in two years.

The MSW is accredited by Social Work England (SWE), the professional UK regulator. On successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to register as a social worker.

You will be taught by social work academics, researchers, expert practitioners, and people with lived experience spanning the range of specialist social work fields. This prepares students to become social workers in their chosen areas of specialist social work practice, equipped with a broad range of theory and evidence.

The course provides transformative learning experiences in a supportive, inclusive environment. It is underpinned by a psycho-social and life-course approach, encouraging critical thinking and anti-discriminatory practice in response to the needs of people and communities.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

On successful completion, you will be qualified to practice as a registered social worker. The MSW is recognized and approved by Social Work England, the professional regulator for social work.

Our Developing Together teaching partnership with local authorities and voluntary agencies creates a leading social work education community shaped by academic research and frontline practice.

The MSW is also recognized as a professional social work qualification in Canada and the USA.

Entry Requirements

  • A degree at 2:1 or above, normally in a social science subject.
  • IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements.

Career Prospects

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

Course Details

You will gain the core knowledge, skills, and values required for social work practice. In this program, you will learn about effective approaches to working 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.

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.

Progression to Stage Two modules requires 120 credits at Level 7 including a pass in the level 4 module and satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health clearance. Students exiting the program at this point who have completed 120 credits at level 7 are eligible for the award of a Post Graduate (PG) Certificate in Applied Social Care Studies.

Modules (stage one)

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

Modules (stage two)

First Placement

Modules (stage three)

Specialist Practice Interest
Second Placement
Independent Study: A Capstone Project

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