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MA or PGDip
If you already have a degree and are interested in becoming a social worker, our Postgraduate Social Work courses (MA /PGDip) can lead to the qualification you need. As a graduate you can apply for social work registration in England with Social Work England.
Our courses deliver high quality social work education. We have been approved by and teach to Social Work England (SWE) Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England, and the British Association of Social Workers’ (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).
Our lecturing staff base their teaching on evidence-based practice, promoting the most current social work research.
Your practice-based learning includes two work placements. You'll work with your practice educator to develop your capabilities as part of the PCF.
Our graduates are highly employable with almost 100% obtaining employment after graduating. We have links with Local Authority employers, local private voluntary and independent sector organisations. So it's likely you will secure a job before qualifying.
How to apply
International applicants will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas.
If you are offered a place you may be asked to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure a place on the course.
Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
At the time of writing, Postgraduate social work students may be eligible to apply for the social work bursary (SWB). Please visit the NHSBA website for further details. The social work bursary is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBA) on behalf of the Department of Health who set the number of bursaries available each year. Performance at interview day will be used to rank applicants in order for the SWB, with applicants for the full MA given priority over applicants of the PGDip.
Learning and assessment
Both MA and PGDip students study seven core modules, including two practice placements. These placements include attendance throughout the summer months.
MA students will also need to take the Applied Research Methods module and the Dissertation module.
Social Work at Oxford Brookes offers a supportive and collaborative research community, giving you the chance to develop your research skills together with knowledge of your chosen subject.
We take a holistic approach to individual, family, community and societal well-being, and have partnerships with external research centres and practitioners. Our research covers a diverse range of fields, ensuring that we are delivering current, evidence-informed knowledge and skills for all levels of professionals.
Some of our current staff specialise in the following research areas:
- Widening Participation in Higher Education and Diversification of Curriculums, with current research in Burundi working on a Global Challenges Research Grant project on peer mentoring
- Community-based services and peer support
- Psychological factors that affect human growth and development, particularly in relation to education and wellbeing
- Children and parents perspective of Social Work Service
After you graduate
On successful completion of the MA and PGDip programmes graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with Social Work England*, and then to enter employment.
There are a wide range of job opportunities for social workers in a variety of settings. Local authority and private, voluntary and independent partners employ many graduates who go on to undertake the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (AYSE).
Graduates of the MA programme will be well-placed to apply for a place on an MPhil / PhD programme should they wish to pursue a career in research at a later date.
*International Students should note that completion of the Oxford Brookes Social Work programme allows you to apply for registration with the UK regulator of Social Work. Any practice overseas is likely to require you to meet the country's requirement for regulation. The responsibility for identifying and working towards the requirements for registration overseas is with the student. You may wish to check the compatibility of the Oxford Brookes award prior to application
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.