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Social Work MSc

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Placement available

Mode of study

2 years full-time

4 years part-time



UK £11,550

International £23,615

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Are you looking for a rewarding career that impacts the lives of individuals, families and communities? On successful completion of the Social Work course at Brunel, you’ll be eligible to apply for Social Work England registration which is mandatory to practise social work.

Through a combination of academic expertise and high-quality practice placements you’ll be prepared for your career in social work, where 95% of our graduates are in employment after completing their studies. Brunel is located in London, home to a diverse landscape of social work settings. Our academics have strong connections within the sector and you’ll benefit from excellent work placement experience.

This Social Work England accredited course will equip you with the skills to tackle the challenges faced in social work today including problems such as county lines, cyber bullying, discrimination and extremism. You’ll learn about law, psychology, social policy and sociology, giving you a comprehensive understanding of various approaches. You’ll develop the skills to identify, understand and critically appraise evidence and research which can inform social work practice.

You may be entitled to a Social Work Bursary provided by the NHS. You can find out if you’re eligible and how to apply here. The NHS are advising all NHS Social Work students to send their applications to them by 31 July to ensure they can process them in time for the start of the September academic year.

Dean’s International Scholarship: This course is eligible for a £2,000 fee waiver, per academic year, subject to availability. This Scholarship is for full-time international students only. Find out more.

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Course content

The curriculum provides teaching in both academic and practice elements. Your learning outcomes will enable you to demonstrate progression in professional knowledge, skills and values through your two years of study. Year one consists of compulsory modules. 

This course can be studied 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

Professional Registration

On successful completion of the Social Work course at Brunel, you’ll be eligible to apply for Social Work England registration which is mandatory to practise social work.

Brunel University London has strong partnership links with local authorities such as Ealing and Hillingdon and our postgraduate social work students have a track record of securing social work jobs with our partner agencies. You’re on-track to get a great job when you graduate from Brunel as 95 per cent of our Social Work graduates go onto employment after completing their studies.

Employers and Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) coordinators regularly attend careers workshops where you’ll benefit from intensive training in interviewing skills, presenting a comprehensive portfolio of work and being competitive in the social work market.

Many students from Brunel are offered jobs with their placement provider after they graduate.

Rights to Work in the UK for International Students

International students graduating from this programme may be eligible to apply for a Health and Care Worker Visa that provides the right to work within the UK healthcare sector.

This visa also provides the right for dependants to come to the UK and exemptions from UK health insurance surcharges. Further information about the current benefits of the Health and Care Worker Visa and rules for applying can be found at the UKVI website.

Information on further visa options is available on our Post Study Work Options webpage

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:1 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a non-related subject with the appropriate experience will be considered. 


  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a related subject (e.g. Education, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Psychology, Law, Health and/or Social Care).

Applicants must demonstrate how their previous experience in paid employment, or structured voluntary work, with a relevant organisation has prepared them for a career in social work. While there is no formal requirement for a set amount of time spent getting work experience we normally expect at least a year’s full-time (or part-time equivalent) experience. Applicants should also demonstrate what they have learnt from their own life/educational/work/voluntary experiences as appropriate to their life stage and how these have prepared them for a career in social work. Each application will be considered on an individual basis.

An ability to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written English and the ability to think critically and analytically.

All applicants will be required to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). To ensure candidates’ fitness to study and identify any additional support needs, all applicants will also be required to complete a health declaration

Applicants will need to provide an academic reference from their first degree. If the academic experience is 5 years old a character/employment reference would suffice.

Applicants will be invited to attend an Interview. Applicants will be able to choose whether to attend an online or on-campus interview. Applicants in the UK are encourage to attend an on-campus interview.

Please be aware that to apply for this course you will need to submit an application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Applicants are welcome to apply for the next entry point or the one following that (i.e. deferred entry).



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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 98 (min 23 in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry


£11,550 full-time

£5,775 part-time


£23,615 full-time

£11,805 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed through essays, presentations debates and group work task designed to give you and us a variety of ways to assess your learning and ensure you learn both the knowledge and skills you will need as a qualified social worker. You’ll complete 180 taught credits of which 60 will be the research project of the dissertation and two contrasting practice placements.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.