You can protect the most vulnerable members of our society and make a positive impact for social justice in the dynamic, challenging and rewarding field of social work. Through both academic and practice-based modules, our MSc programme prepares you to effect real change through research-based practice.
You’ll earn both a master’s degree and the opportunity to qualify as a registered social worker in this intensive two-year, full-time programme – and develop your skills with the full support of our professional, experienced and dedicated staff. At GCU, you’ll be part of a thriving and diverse community that’s driven by a shared belief in global engagement, social responsibility and a commitment to the common good.
This challenging MSc Social Work programme provides an accelerated route to qualification over two years. Successful students will draw on a combination of academic and practice experience, enabling them to study effectively at the master’s level.
Our graduates go on to a range of rewarding and impactful roles across the public, private and third sectors. Whether you choose to work with adults or children, as part of a team or in a specialist setting, in research or clinical practice – you’ll be prepared to make a real difference in the world around you.
Year one: Practising Social Work Law; Situating Social Work; Theorising for Social Work; Practicing Social Work Skills and Knowledge; Researching for Social Work. In addition there is a 70 day Supervised Direct Practice Placement.
Year two: In year two there is a 100 day Supervised Direct Practice Placement.In addition; modules include: Organisational Behaviour; Practicing Research Mindedness (Dissertation); Making Professional Identity
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
All applications to this programme should be made via UCAS.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Typical entry requirements
UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in an area of social science and substantial relevant practice experience.
Subject to PVG and/or occupational health check.
If successful, you will be shortlisted and invited for interview.
Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees for entry 2020 are currently being considered and will be published when applications open in October. The fees below reference September 2019 starts only.
Tuition fees 2019
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
This programme is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and all students must be registered with the SSSC.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.