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Advanced Social Work Practice & Leadership (MSc)

Our flexible master's course in Advanced Social Work Practice and Leadership enables social workers to develop their knowledge and leadership skills to further their careers.

Advanced Social Work Practice & Leadership Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Overview

This MSc in Advanced Social Work Practice and Leadership is aimed at social workers who seek continuing professional development opportunities.

Social workers should have recent/current clinical practice and be undertaking roles where there is an opportunity to reflect on your practice and develop, enhance and propose change to your current service. 

The MSc can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over five years, allowing you to study when it suits you. Some of our units can be completed online.

You can also study CPD short courses made up of standalone course units without an award upon completion.

You will enhance your awareness of contemporary professional issues, and develop the professional knowledge and leadership skills needed for advanced level practice in social work, covering areas and skills such as:

  • clinical and direct care practice;
  • leadership;
  • collaborative practice;
  • improving quality and developing practice;
  • developing self and others;
  • project management;
  • research.

As well as taking core units in leadership, critical appraisal and research methods, you can select course units relevant to your interests in the area of social work.

In addition, you can bring academic credits studied elsewhere to this course as part of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Please contact us for further details about this.

You will be expected to meet your requirements for continuing professional development, as well as advancing clinical/professional care and service delivery.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
MSc 1 Yr (FT) 5 Yr (PT) Standalone short courses
Entry requirements

You will need to have a health professional qualification relevant to social work or current registration with the relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, plus the following:

  • For all students, a relevant honours first degree (Lower Second or above or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution OR evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying the applicant for entry.
  • For part-time students whose unit(s) have practical components, written support from their employer to attend and the completion of any practice requirements is required in addition to the above.

UK applicants who do not hold a first degree (or equivalent qualification) may be admitted on the basis of a health/social work professional qualification.

To do this, you must demonstrate the ability to study at postgraduate level by submitting a portfolio of evidence of equivalence to the achievement of QAA FHEQ level 6 (undergraduate) outcomes.

Staff from the course team will review this portfolio. Such evidence may include a documented track record of innovative practice, leadership, service development, research projects and publications that are clearly underpinned by the academic skills required at level 6.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 7604
How to apply

If you are self-funded or organisation-funded (non-SLA), you need to complete this application form (Word, 133 KB).

International applicants must apply online

Note to international applicants: in order to achieve the programme aims and individual clinical unit outcomes, you will need to be able to reflect on your current/recent practice and demonstrate how your role can develop, enhance or propose change to patient care and service delivery. When completing your application, please include in the Further Information section of the application form:

  • the focus of your current/recent clinical practice and an overview of your role;
  • your areas of clinical interest and the units you are interested in studying.

Course options

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Course description

As a social work registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. This will enhance your suitability for revalidation

The course reflects professional, UK-wide, government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.

You will gain contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The course prepares you for the development of new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Open days

Drop-in sessions and one-to-one advice sessions are available. Contact the admissions department for details by emailing conted.nursing@manchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)161 306 7604.

Fees

Fees for 2017 entry are:

MSc (full-time)

  • UK/EU students: £9,000 per year
  • International students: £17,000 per year

PGDip (full-time)

  • UK/EU students: £7,200 per year
  • International students: £13,600 per year

PGCert (full-time)

  • UK/EU students: £3,600 per year
  • International students: £6,800 per year

Standalone units for CPD

  • UK/EU students: £1,100 per 15-credit unit (£2,200 dissertation)
  • International students: £1,100 per 15-credit unit (£2,200 dissertation)

The fees will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information, please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

International fees

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.

This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.