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Social Work (Top-up) MA

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Social Work (Top-up) MA

5 months part-time
£3,600 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Dr Helen Hingley-Jones

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This Social Work (Top-up) masters course is an academic qualification where you will experience an integration of practice and research. Social workers have a key role in working with other professionals to offer support to some of society's most vulnerable citizens.

Why study MA Social Work (Top-up) at Middlesex University?

This programme has been designed for Social Work England registered social workers who are have a PGDip in Social Work and who wish to achieve a masters level award. We are looking for people who are committed to social inclusion and who are familiar with issues surrounding disempowerment, deprivation and inclusivity. You will bring leadership skills, the ability to empathise and an ability to deal with complex situations working in partnership with others. You will have a strong commitment to developing the social work profession and to developing evidence based practice.

Course highlights

  • You will benefit from teaching sessions alongside our pre-qualifying MA/PGDip Social Work students in interactive workshop-style seminars and e-learning resources
  • Middlesex University has a track record of supporting excellence in social research
  • You will be taught by staff from within our Department of Mental Health and Social Work where prominent and pioneering research projects in the disciplines is undertaken
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for the module, free printing and copying, 24 hour library services and access to a range of other valued resources

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What will you study on the MA Social Work (Top-up)?

You will be undertaking independent, guided research in your chosen area which will be directly relevant to social work practice. The curriculum is mapped against the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) Standards of Proficiency (SoPs)  and the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) for both children and adults.

What will you gain?

Successful completion of the module will allow you to upgrade your PGDip in Social Work to an MA in Social Work. As well as an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject, you will also gain and develop research skills, critical thinking and an ability to develop and apply evidence based  practice.

  • Modules

    • MA Social Work Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      You will undertake a dissertation relevant to Social Work practice. You will be supported by an academic supervisor who will help you to navigate your research and the writing of your dissertation.

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

How is the MA Social Work (Top-up) taught?

This programme involves undertaking a small scale research project. You will have the opportunity for individual supervision from an academic adviser and the module leader will run a series of dissertation workshops which comprise the module.

Please email Rahaman Mohammed for further information.


You will be expected to produce a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.

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How can the MA Social Work (Top-up) support your career?

Our graduates have been successful in obtaining employment across a wide range of Social Work settings.

The combination of classroom-based teaching and practice learning on placement ensures you have the right mix of skills and knowledge to excel as a social worker upon graduation. Many of our graduates find employment with our placement partners, with neighbouring London boroughs and beyond.

Rahaman Mohammed
Senior lecturer

Prior to joining Middlesex, Rahman worked as a freelance trainer delivering workshops on safeguarding and Deprivation of Liberty. He also worked as an Approved Mental Health Professional and is a qualified Practice Educator.

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Duration: 14-months full-time

Code: L500

Social Work PGDip

Start: September 2021

Duration: 14 months full-time

Code: L50P

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