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PLEASE NOTE: Applications for January 2022 intake have now closed. Please visit our Postgraduate Study webpage to see all options for September 2022 entry.

Social work is an incredibly rewarding career that gives you an opportunity to work with people in times of need to achieve positive change in their lives. Northumbria University is proud to have over 50 years' experience in providing excellent qualifying social work programmes. We are the largest provider of social work education in the North East and boast a team with extensive experience in broad range of social work contexts. You will learn from the very best during your Master's in Social work. 

Our academics’ research contributes to new practice developments and policy and will directly inform your learning. Current research areas include; child protection and mental health, child sexual exploitation, autism, learning difficulties, mental capacity, social justice, gender and research minded social work practice. 

The MA Social Work at Northumbria has both a national and international focus and offers the opportunity to gain experience across cultures. Trips previous students have undertaken include observing social work practice in Greece, Turkey and Northern Ireland.

This Social Work Master’s programme has excellent placements within local networks providing excellent practice learning opportunities (70 days in Year 1 and 100 days in Year 2).

We ensure that all our students are offered two, high-quality, contrasting placements in order to offer the very best and most varied work experience to prepare you for qualified practice. Students are supported by a placement team focused on your learning needs during placements

State-of-the-art facilities at Coach Lane Campus also offer simulated placement settings to help you feel prepared. For example, it may include a mock set-up of a bedroom, living room or kitchen and you may be asked to observe the setting for red flags or indicators that somebody is struggling to cope. We also work closely with our Educators by Experience (people who have accessed services) to ensure that students can draw on real life experiences to support their development.

Social work is a diverse and challenging profession where you will encounter people from a breadth of social, economic, religious, racial, cultural and diverse backgrounds. We are keen to reflect this diversity in our student recruitment and will consider every applicant beyond their professional and academic experience within the context of their life experience too. 

We welcome applicants with any undergraduate degree and upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the regulator, Social Work England, to be granted the protected title of Social Worker. 

Once registered, you will be immediately ready to enter the social work profession and work with people in need in a broad range of settings. You could choose to work with children and families or adults in the local authority, health, or private, independent, or voluntary sectors. 


The programme is currently allocated a number of NHSBSA bursaries.  The University nominate students for these depending on performance at interview. Please click here for further details of bursaries.  

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University


January 2023

Fee Information

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Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, and GCSEs at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Additional requirements:

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

For further admissions guidance and requirements, please visit Please review this information before submitting your application.

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £13,000

Full EU Fee: £33,000

Full International Fee: £33,000

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK, EU and International scholarship, fees, and funding information.


You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year.

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.


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