About the course

Final validation pending*

The MA in Social Work enables you to develop a sound grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values and we are committed to training you to the highest intellectual and professional standards. This innovative and challenging two-year programme has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC.

The programme enjoys strong relationships with service users and carers and a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. You will experience high-quality placements which offer excellent learning opportunities and support in practice. You will also have the unique opportunity to apply for a placement in the University’s own voluntary social work agency, the Family Assessment and Support Unit (FASU), which was awarded one of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for its innovations in practice learning. Many UK students receive support from the NHS Social Work Bursary Scheme. Opportunities also exist for students to take part in our annual International Social Work Student Conference. 

The University of Hull is one of the founding members of the Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership, which includes the biggest employers of social work practitioners in the area.

* What does ‘final validation pending’ mean?

We regularly review our courses to make sure they continue to meet our academic standards. Any changes to courses go through a re-validation process. ‘Final validation pending’ means that we intend to offer this programme, but it hasn’t received final University approval yet. Please call our Admissions Service on 01482 466100 for confirmation that the course is approved and will be running.

Where you'll study

Blended between Hull Campus and work placements

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £5,820

Many UK students receive support from the NHS Social Work Bursary Scheme.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £13,500

What you'll study

You'll study a mix of core and specialist modules. You'll also complete 20 practice skills training days across the first year.


You are provided with two placements, 70 days in the first year and 100 days in the second year, which are designed to enable you to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework’s national occupational standards. Placements are provided in a range of voluntary and statutory agencies in a variety of settings.

Year 1 core modules

  • Introduction to Social Work: Individuals, Families and Communities

  • Mental Health and Social Work

  • Social Work and the Law

  • Social Work with Adults

  • Social Work with Children and Families

Year 1 specialist modules (choose two)

  • Domestic Violence and Abuse

  • Managing Substance Use

  • Loss, Dying and Bereavement

  • Working with Young Offenders

Year 2 modules

  • You complete two practice modules and your dissertation, plus 10 practice skills training days across the year

  • Dissertation (Social Work)

    The dissertation is 15,000–20,000 words long. Workshops are held to assist you, and you receive individual supervision from a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area of study.

Work with leading experts and benefit from real-world experience to prepare for a career as a confident and compassionate professional.

Placements include projects dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, school inclusion and child sexual exploitation.

MA Social Work graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as qualified social workers.

The University of Hull is one of the founding members of the Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership, which includes the biggest employers of social work practitioners in the area.

Entry requirements

A first or a 2:1 degree, or equivalent (in any subject), plus at least GCSE grade C in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 English or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths). You also need to have at least 6 months relevant social care experience, which may include caring for a relative, or voluntary work. 

If you are unsure whether your experience meets our requirements, please contact us

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Selection Day and will complete a number of assessments as part of our selection process including an interview and written test.

We offer places to applicants whose qualifications, experience, references and quality of application (including the personal statement) persuade us of their excellence.

We are required by our regulatory body, the HCPC, to check that applicants are suitable to undertake social work training. All students who are invited to a Selection Day must complete a confidential self-declaration form outlining any and all previous convictions and cautions (including those 'spent') and any medical or health conditions that may affect their ability to undertake academic or social work practice tasks.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 7.5 overall with 7.0 in each skill. For more information please visit the HYMS website.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

High quality placements are provided in both years of the course with a range of voluntary and statutory agencies in a variety of settings, offering students excellent experience and career development opportunities.

We organise a Careers Fair every Easter so that social work students can meet representatives from a range of employers from the statutory and independent sectors in the region and beyond.

While the most common occupation is that of social worker, our graduates are also employed as community workers, welfare rights advisers, housing officers, youth justice officers and drugs specialists. Some other post-graduates choose to embark upon further study in therapeutic practice and research and have returned to the University of Hull to complete doctorates in social work.