Social Work MA


Course facts

  • Name: Social Work
  • Qualification: MA
  • Duration: 2 years, full-time

The fundamental intention of the programme is to equip students to take up positions within the professionally qualified social work workforce. The overall objective is to provide a programme which satisfies the requirements of the Care Council ‘Framework for the Degree in Social Work in Wales’ (2012). To achieve this, the programme of study includes a suite of core academic modules and a requirement of at least 200 days on placement of assessed practive learning over the two years. Successful completion qualifies students to register as professional social workers

The modules and practice learning opportunities are designed to provide graduating students with the required knowledge, skills and values to begin practicing as newly qualified social workers. They are based on the QAA Benchmarks for Social Work, and the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

We regret that we are unable to accept applications from international students for this course. 

To enable us to deliver a programme of this nature, we work closely with Gwynedd, Ynys Môn and Conwy local authorities, who provide placements to our students. Our partners ask that the students they host have bilingual Welsh / English skills. This requirement is in order to meet the needs of their communities and to comply with the right to a Welsh language service under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

It isn’t clear therefore what the position will be in terms of placements for 2019-20 as yet. The University has been exploring the possibility of further partnership arrangements with other local authorities, so that we can continue to offer an English medium route on the MA Social Work. However, at this stage nothing has been confirmed.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

We believe in providing a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities. These will include participation in lectures, seminars, group work, role play, student-directed learning projects and computer-enhanced learning. Practice learning opportunities enable to learn from skilled and experienced practitioners within a structured and supportive learning environment.

Year 1

  • Knowledge and Skills Base for Social Work
  • Social Policy for Social Work Practice
  • The Life Course
  • Values and Ethics for Social Work Practice
  • Law for Social Work 1
  • The Research Process
  • Practice Placement 1 (100 days)
  • The Literature Review (which will be part of the Dissertation)

Year 2 

  • Social Work with Adults
  • Social Work with Children, Young People and Families
  • Law for Social Work 2
  • Practice Placement (100 days)
  • The Social Work Dissertation

Dissertation: The Dissertation provides students with an opportunity to conduct a small-scale yet significant piece of individual research supervised by a research supervisor. Students identify a research question, and collect and analyse data that bears on the research question, utilising an appropriate analytical framework. They then address the research question in the light of their findings. The research undertaken is presented in the format of a 20,000 word (max) dissertation employing usual conventions. 

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Social Work Modules page.

Entry Requirements

  • 2.2 degree or higher
  • At least 6 months (fte) relevant social care or equivalent experience
  • Grade C GCSE or equivalent qualification in Maths and English/Welsh first language
  • Mature students who have extensive experience can be considered on an individual basis
  • Admission is based on a face-to-face interview of applicants that meet the admissions criteria

It is essential that all students accepted onto the programme successfully complete an Enhanced DBS check, and are able to register with Social Care Wales.



Apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

We regret that we are unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

Need help applying? Please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717

Careers and Employability

After qualification you will be able to work in a wide range of health or social care settings, often working alongside other professionals such as occupational therapists or psychologists, in multidisciplinary teams. As well as statutory social work settings such as children and families teams, older people teams and community mental health teams, social workers may be employed in hospitals, in community development projects or with non-statutory organisations possibly supporting refugees and asylum-seekers, or working with young parents in need of support.

Research / Links with Industry

The School of Social Sciences works in partnership with Gwynedd, Ynys Môn and Conwy Local Authorities to develop, deliver and manage this Social Work programme. Partner local authorities are involved in recruitment, student selection, contributing to teaching and assessment of students. The primary partners also provide practice learning opportunities, along with other employing agencies and ensure that students develop a strong understanding of social work practice in North Wales, alongside their academic development. This is also a good opportunity to identify the future workforce.


In most instances, students whose home address is in Wales will be eligible for funding support through Social Care Wales. Students are nominated for bursaries through the university once they have been offered a place, subject to bursary availability. The number of bursaries available is slightly fewer than the number of places, so late applicants are less likely to be nominated for a bursary.

The funding available to students studying on a Masters degree is as follows:

  • £6,640 non-income assessed bursary per year (up to two years); and
  • Practice Learning Opportunity Allowance of £7.50 per practice learning opportunity day.

Students from other UK countries should contact their relevant regulatory body for information about potential funding:

Further information

Contact us

E-mail: Social Work Admissions -

For further information or advice regarding completing the application, please contact the Post-graduate Admissions.


Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717

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