Social Work

MA or PGDip

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: MA/PGDip: 2 years (inclusive of summer months)

Part time: maximum of 5 years


Headington (Marston Road site)


Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


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.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade C or above

You must:

– have a good honours degree (2:1 or above for the MA; 2:2 or above for the PGDip), or a professional qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree, normally in a cognate area
– GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at least to grade 4 (C) or above
– have basic IT skills with reliable access to the internet, preferably through a broadband connection.


– have experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people. This would typically be the equivalent of one year’s full-time experience of social care or health care-related practice in either the statutory or the voluntary sector. Caring in a personal capacity may in some instances be acceptable as relevant experience.

Credit Transfer

Candidates may be admitted with credit from APL or APEL for the University based part of the programme. In exceptional circumstances where the student can demonstrate the required capabilities and meet assessment criteria, credit for placement learning will be considered.