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Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work (Children and Families) MA

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Start
October 2016
Duration
2 to 5 years part-time
Attendance
Part-time
Fees
£55 per taught credit (UK/EU)
£84 per taught credit (INT)
Course leader
Claudia Megele

This degree is aimed at qualified social workers practising or wanting to specialise in social work. Whatever your sector or career stage, we believe the programme's emphasis on evidence-informed practice, combined with a relationship-based focus, will be of great interest to social work practitioners.

Why study the MA Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work (Children and Families) at Middlesex University?

This Masters programme offers significant career benefits, as an increasing number of employers are requiring their social workers to complete a post-qualifying specialist award before progression from experienced social worker to advanced social worker level, or to a management position.

The course is underpinned by the new Professional Capabilities Framework and you will gain the skills to undertake and produce evidence-informed research and practice, and critical and reflective practice, linked to contemporary policy and legislative frameworks. You will understand empowerment and anti-oppressive, practice-enhancing outcomes for users of services, and you will also gain a professional identity and leadership with an interdisciplinary focus and in a multi-professional, multi-agency context.

As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MA Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work (Children and Families)?

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of 120 credits and the MA award is made up of 180 credits. For both awards, all students will study 60 credits from the following module options:

As well as the following pathway-specific modules:

  • Safeguarding Children: Learning from Interprofessional Practice (30 credits)
  • Looked After Children: Policy and Practice (30 credits)

Students who exit the programme at this point will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work (Children and Families). Only those wishing to study the complete Masters programme will take the Developing New Research Capability (60 credits) module.

Students who exit the programme at this point will be awarded an MA Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work (Children and Families).

  • Modules

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to bring together the knowledge and skills developed during the programme and apply them to the problems of formulation, design, execution and analysis of an original research project on a substantive financial issue. It also aims to provide an opportunity for the students to extend their knowledge of a selected topic and to apply it to the formulation and design of a substantive investigation.

    • Financial Modelling (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module deals with the statistical methods and explores the application of these methods to analytical models in finance. The aim is to provide students with the analytical and programming skills necessary to pursue empirical studies in finance. The students are encouraged to use previous knowledge in statistics and computer programming.

    • Financial Theory and Applications (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a rigorous grounding in the theory of finance and equip students with knowledge/techniques that are required for arriving at investment and financing decisions, enable them to identify the sources of agency problems and their effect on firm value and apply various techniques used in capital budgeting as well as evaluate financial assets and understand the theories on which asset pricing models are built. Students will critically discuss the validity of modern theories that assess the impact of financing decision on the firm value and cost of capital.

    • International Financial Markets (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the nature and operation of international financial markets and their traded instruments. Students are introduced to the organisation of the international financial system, the markets for foreign exchanges, stocks, bonds, commodities and derivatives, and the risks and opportunities offered in these markets and systems. The module prepares students with essential knowledge for their future career in business, especially in the financial sector, and supports their study of other modules.

    • International Risk Management (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to identify the major sources of risk involved in international economic and financial activity; develop the tools and techniques necessary to manage these risks and enable a critical appreciation of the interaction between corporate decision-making and capital market behaviour.

    • Investment Management (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides participants with a sound grounding in the theory and practice of investment management. Specific aims include: strategies of portfolio construction, generating investment ideas, estimating investment risk returns and the use of derivative instruments.

    • Portfolio Theory and Equity Analysis (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides participants with a sound grounding in portfolio theory and equity analysis. Students are exposed to the key concepts and tools involved and further asked to apply those tools to analyse real life financial assets.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

This degree is studied part-time over two to five years.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work (Children and Families) support your career?

This programme offers significant career benefits as an increasing number of employers are requiring their social workers to complete a post-qualifying specialist award before progression from experienced social worker to advanced social worker level, or to management.

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