Frequently asked questions


Admission is currently closed for the MA/PgDip Advanced Social Work and associated qualifications 

Will I be able to combine study with full-time work?

Yes. The course is designed for people in full- or part-time work. Modules are delivered via a small number of intensive, day-long workshops, combined with learning online. Campus based workshops occur during working hours and generally finish by 4.00pm, while online work can be done at a time that suits you. You can draw on your own practice experiences in workshops, online learning and assessed assignments.

How frequently will I need to attend Lancaster?

A 20 credit module generally involves attendance at university for two or three days (individual module descriptions provide more details). We timetable workshops within the working day and generally finish by 4.00pm

How long does the application process take?

You can apply for courses online. It's best to submit your application at least eight weeks before the module you intend to study begins but if this is not possible, please email Dharman Jeyasingham ( to discuss.

What are academic credits?

All courses carry academic credits, which you can accumulate to gain an academic award.  Twenty credits can be used for a Certificate of Achievement, 60 credits can be used for a Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits (including 60 credits from the action learning research project or work based project) for an MA.

Will I have access to the library?

Yes. If you register for a course you'll have access to the library from the start of the course until the time that you have submitted any assessed work. As well as hard copy texts, the library includes a wide range of e-books and journals which you will be able to access online.

I haven't studied at postgraduate level before. What support is available for me?

Support is available from the convenor for each course and you will be able to have an individual tutorial to discuss your work with a tutor. The university provides a wide range of study skills support for students online and in campus workshops.

Students who have not studied at Masters level before and who would like to focus on developing higher level learning and critical thinking skills can take the module Developing as an independent learner.

Do you offer training courses which don't include academic assignments?

The assessed assignments need to be done to gain academic credits. If you wish to just attend the workshops and do the online learning without doing the assignment, you can do so. We can also explore providing bespoke training courses to employers on a particular subject.