How to apply

All MAs except Social Work

Please visit the University postgraduate admissions pages to apply now, or to find out more information about the application process and supporting documentation.

More information about entry requirements can be found on the 'Key Information' tab of individual degree descriptions on our masters courses pages.

For questions about your application, please contact the Faculty admissions team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510880
Email:  fass-pg-admissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Please get in touch with us if you have specific questions about our programmes or would like to speak with current lecturers or students about their experiences:

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 593148
Email: spgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

 

MA and PGDip Social Work

Applications for postgraduate social work are made online through UCAS. Applications are made and submitted on line.

Applications should be made between 1st September and 15th January. Later applications will be considered only at the University's discretion.

All applicants will be required to attend a recruitment day as a part of the application process. In addition, applicants must show an ability to use basic IT facilities, including word process, internet browsing and use of email. You will be required to declare that you have such an ability.

Please get in touch with us if you have specific questions about our programmes or would like to speak with current lecturers or students about their experiences:

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 594098
Email: socialwork@lancaster.ac.uk

Previous relevant experience

Applicants will be expected to have had experience in paid or voluntary work in a helping capacity, or to have personal experience of receiving care, which indicates their potential to become qualified social workers and that they are fully informed in their decision to study social work.

Criminal Convictions

All members of social work courses are required to apply for enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau, which will reveal details of any cautions or convictions. Whilst a caution or conviction may not be a barrier to accessing the programme, some agencies may refuse to provide placements to students with convictions. If they do this we will be unable to offer a place on the course.

Failure to declare cautions and convictions, including driving offences, is viewed very seriously and will normally result in students being asked to withdraw from the course.

You will also be required to declare if you have ever been subject to any disciplinary action, or if you have ever been subject to an allegation involving child protection issues and/or the abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.

Failure to declare disciplinary action or an allegation involving child protection issues and/or the abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults is viewed very seriously and will normally result in students being asked to withdraw from the course.

Information for Disabled Applicants

Under Part 6 of the Equality Act 2010 the University has a duty to ensure that disabled people are not disadvantaged in the admissions process and during their course of study. View the University’s disability policies and the support.

The HCPC has produced a useful guide for disabled people considering becoming a health or social work professional.

On applying for the social work programmes you do not have to disclose if you have a disability. However, it is recommended that you do as the earlier we know about it the more time we have to prepare to support you.

If we know about your disability we must consider whether reasonable adjustments may be necessary to facilitate your studying at the University. If they are we must then consider whether, having made the adjustment, you will be able to meet the standards of proficiency for social work set by the HCPC. If the University is satisfied that reasonable adjustments are appropriate and that on completing the course you will meet the standards of proficiency (and you have been assessed at a recruitment day as being suitable for the course) we would expect to offer you a place.

In advance of recruitment days we will give invited applicants the opportunity to disclose any disability they consider they face. This is so that, in consultation with the University’s Student Wellbeing Services, we may make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment days for disabled people.