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Our programme


Our MA programme provides students with core knowledge and skills in Social Work across the life course with modules that support learning in relation to:

  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Social Work with Adults

Underpinning all Social Work practice is knowledge and understanding of 6 key themes:

  • Domestic Abuse and Violence
  • Substance Misuse
  • Loss
  • Disability
  • Social Exclusion
  • Mental Health

We enable learning in these areas through the breadth of practice experience of the academic team, our research development and our close relationship with specialist services in the Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector contributing to teaching and practice placement opportunities.

Professional Learning Teams

To bring together academic learning and practice experience from the beginning of the programme and in preparation for placement, students are assigned to a Professional Learning Team (PLT) led by a lecturer from the academic team and a senior practicing Social Worker. These teams provide students with the opportunity to work in a functioning team, developing skills in critical reflection and analysis and evidence based decision making. Students will develop their professional identity and work through real life case scenarios with the support of practitioners from a range of services to develop their understanding of the application of legislation and statutory processes.


The HSWTP will offer students 2 statutory placements with opportunities to undertake practice learning in specialist services e.g; drug and alcohol services, domestic abuse services. Students undertake a 70 day placement in the first year followed by a 100 day placement in the second year and will work towards meeting the requirements of The Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge and Skills Statements. Placements are arranged by our Placement Co-ordination Team to support students identified learning and development needs.


Students will complete a dissertation in the second year supported by an individual member of academic staff with expertise in the chosen area of study. Where research opportunities are identified that link to practice in our region, Students will be supported to undertake study within this area.

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