Social Work MA - 2019 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

You will need to apply for this programme via UCAS, using course code L508.

This programme, which offers both an academic award and a professional qualification in social work, prepares you for a career in a broad range of social work agencies and settings. Having acquired your degree, you can apply to register as a social worker with the regulatory body for social workers in England.

The teaching emphasis throughout this MA is on issues relevant to social work practice in contemporary Britain, and explores the ways in which sociology, law, social policy and psychology inform and enhance professional social work.

We work in partnership with local stakeholders, including the main statutory and voluntary social work agencies in the North West, and as part of the your degree you will complete a total of 200 days of placement practice learning (170 days on placement and 30 skills development days in the University). The skills, insights and understanding you will acquire through these practical placements in more than one social work setting not only complement your academic learning at Lancaster but will be critical in informing your development as a social worker and your subsequent professional practice.


Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Key Information

Application procedure: Apply via UCAS on their Undergraduate site using course code L508

Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent)

If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications

Additional Requirements:

As part of your application you will also need to provide confirmation of 

  • GCSE in English and Maths Grade C or above, or its equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2, CSE Grade 1 or O Level Grade C in Maths and English) 

  • Relevant experience - we want to ensure you have some relevant understanding before studying with us, and so your personal statement must highlight either experience of voluntary or paid work in a social service or welfare setting, or personal experience with such support. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Candidates with appropriate qualifications will be invited to visit us on campus and undertake a group exercise, an individual interview and a written test.

If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications

English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 7.0

We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes

Pre-sessional English language programmes available:

4 Week Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 6.5

10 Week Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 6.0

Longer courses are not an option for this programme

Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding; Faculty Scholarships and Funding; Sociology Fees and Funding

Additional funding information for MA Social Work qualifications

For social work students ordinarily resident in England, there are bursaries available through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Information, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHSBSA website, in their regular Bursary Newsletters, and in their 'Ask Us' section.   We allocate places to postgraduate students, and nominate them for bursaries, on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that those who accept Lancaster University as their firm choice on UCAS are given priority and ranked accordingly (in the order of the date the University offer was accepted).

The social work bursary scheme is constantly subject to review, so it is advisable to check the NHSBSA website regularly to keep up to date with any changes that may affect your year of entry.

You will need to budget for the cost of getting to social work placements. The amount will vary depending on the location of the placement but you may be able to claim a placement travel allowance from the NHS or the agency offering the placement may make a contribution towards the cost of your travel. All social work students will need to pay for an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check. Further costs to be considered include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. 


Further information: For more information about the department please visit our webpages



 Year 1    Year 2
UK/EU £8,180 £6,120
Overseas £17,900    £13,410

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.