Applicants interested in our MA Social Work course may be eligible for a postgraduate Social Work bursary.

Why study with us?

Social Work at the University of Cumbria offers a distinctive emphasis on immersing theory into practice, drawing on a wide range of practice and research expertise in the teaching team.

The MA is a challenging and dynamic programme, which integrates practice-based learning (with 70 days of practice placement in the first year of study, and 100 days in the second year) and in-depth academic study, with a strong focus on contemporary debate surrounding social work and social justice highlighted throughout. The programme has a strong track record of producing confident, accomplished and highly employable social workers.

The programme is distinctive for the range of teaching, learning and assessment methods its uses. The programme uses video recording and web-based technologies, as well as the more traditional face-to-face methods, in order to ensure your social work skills are honed to the highest level. We believe that service users and carers are central to Social Work practice, and these ‘Experts by experience’ are involved at every level of the programme’s delivery and assessment, ensuring that all our social work students have an informed and applied understanding of social justice.

What can this course lead to?

On successful completion of this course students will have:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Critically discuss how Social Work theory, core skills and key professional concepts facilitate understanding of individuals within the environment.
  • Critically evaluate and synthesise a comprehensive range of theories and evidence bases of social work practice, in order to demonstrate competent practitioner and post graduate skills.
  • Synthesise and critically analyse policy, legislation, and guidance relevant to social work practice in local, national and global contexts, and relate this to broader social and political developments.

Employability Skills

  • Demonstrate the effective use of supervision whilst adopting and applying a critically reflective approach to practice in order to inform their Continuing Professional development (CPD) and Life Long Learning (LLL).
  • Critically evaluate and apply assessment, research, intervention and evaluation skills to embrace local, national and more global priorities.
  • Critically evaluate and apply the concepts of quality, leadership, change management and service improvement within the health and social care sector.

Qualities, Skills and Other Attributes

  • Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate evidence based social work assessment and interventions with a diverse range of service users at the level of a newly qualified social worker.
  • Articulate and justify their professional role confidently within a range of practice contexts in readiness to make the transition from student to newly qualified social worker.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate skills in critical enquiry, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, communication and team working skills applicable to the practice context.

Students who have competed this course have gone onto work as social workers, practitioners and managers in the social care field.

Resources and facilities

We use online technology to enhance your experience on the course and on placement. Module learning and assessment involves the creation of eportfolios, wikis and on-line discussion boards alongside the more traditional face to face tutorials. We use a Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, to ensure communicate with students, so even when you're on placement we still are able to keep you connected with what's going on at the University.

We use video cameras to film role play activities which will allow you to examine your skills and techniques and to reflect on your experiences in a supportive group environment. This process will support the implementation of your new found skills within your placement experience.