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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

The next start date for this course is January 2020.

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 HCPC registered social workers who are qualified to PGDip level 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.

We have excellent relationships with our local employers through our long standing stakeholder group and our new Teaching Partnership, and you will be able to develop into an excellent and valued social worker. You will have the capacity to work in all statutory social work settings as well as a wide variety of private and voluntary workplaces in the UK and abroad.

Course highlights

  • You will benefit from high levels of tutor contact time through extended teaching sessions, 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, Social Work and Integrative Medicine, where prominent and pioneering research projects in the disciplines of social work and mental health is undertaken
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every 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?

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?

Undertaking 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.


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.

Helen Hingley-Jones
Associate Professor and Programme Leader for the Social Work MA

Dr Hingley-Jones has worked for many years as a child and family social worker, particularly with disabled children and their families. She is an active researcher and is the Research Degrees Coordinator for the Department.

Dr Lucille Allain
Associate Professor and Director of Programmes for Social Work

Dr Allain has a number of years’ experience in child and family social work and has published a range of books and articles focused on social work practice with looked after children; in child safeguarding and in social work education.

Edd Carter
Senior Lecturer

Edd leads the Law and Advanced Social Work Practice module. He has extensive social work practice experience of working in both Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services

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