What Will You Study

Lancaster is 1st in the UK for Social Work in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2017) and 4th for Religious Studies.  This ground-breaking Masters in Social Work, Ethics and Religion offers a unique opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work while also developing your knowledge of the world’s major religious and ethical traditions.  Normally it would take five years to gain a BA in Ethics and Religious Studies and qualify in Social Work, but with this Integrated Masters programme you can achieve both in just four years.

The combination of Social Work with Ethics and Religious Studies is enormously valuable.  It gives you a deep awareness of cultural and religious diversity together with a more informed understanding of the conflicts and challenges of the contemporary world.  These are important elements for social work practice and the degree provides an impressive mix of skills, knowledge and professional qualification.

You will be taught by the best academics in the field and the course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc).  

As part of your degree you will gain  real-world experience by undertaking two different practice placements, in Years 3 and 4. These complement your university learning, and are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker. This ensures that when you graduate you are prepared for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.

You begin your degree with social work modules on Contemporary Social Problems and Social Work Practice which give you an introduction to the nature, origins and values of social work. You will also study Religions of the Modern World which provides an outline of the growth and development of the world’s major religious traditions. Your second-year modules include four modules relating to social work, plus a religious studies module chosen from the range offered by the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. You choose three further religious studies modules in Year 3 and another one in Year 4.

Once you have completed your degree, you will be eligible to apply to the regulatory body for social workers in England, for registration as a social worker.