MSc Advanced Social Work Practice
Course Leader: Carole Galloway
Start date: Semester A & B
Mode of delivery: blended learning
School: Health & Social Work
This Master’s degree is designed for social workers who want to advance their professional practice and obtain an academic qualification. The programme is designed to enhance your current knowledge and understanding and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice.
The Programme is normally over 6 years. It offers fantastic flexibility in that if your circumstances were to change during your studies, you can choose to study fewer modules, gain less credits, and graduate with a diploma or postgraduate certificate.
Please note that entry to the programme can only be in semester A or B. You can study semester C modules individually.
The normal entry requirements for the programme are:
- Applicants are registered with Social Work England
- Candidates hold a first degree in Social Work – those who do not have a first degree or equivalent are expected to evidence successful completion of at least 30 credits of Level 6 study.
- Applicants meet any pre-requisites identified in the individual DMDs of each module studied.
- Employed within a Social Work environment with appropriate qualifying experience.
The programme is offered in part-time (normally up to 6 years) mode and leads to the award of a MSc Advanced Social Work Practice.
The award of MSc Advanced Social Work Practice requires 180 credit points, including at least 150 at level 7 and successful completion of:
30 credits from the core modules;
90 credits from either the core or optional modules, accredited short courses from the AMS post graduate framework.
30 credits can come from other relevant HSK modules, short courses or modules from another School and 60 credits from the research modules.
Please see the download to the right hand side of this page for more details of the structure.
Where Will I Study
Most of the taught sessions take place on the College lane Campus and/online. However, some sessions may take place on other University sites.
- Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external expert speakers.
- You will need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection.
- Best Interest Assessor
This module is designed for social workers and health professionals who want to gain the qualification of Best Interest Assessor.
The module's aim is to enable students to obtain the knowledge of relevant legislation and policies that are specific to the role of Best Interest Assessor.
This Level 7 short course will give students the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), its Code of Practice, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and interfacing legislation and policies relating to Adult Safeguarding and Whistleblowing policies. Students will build upon their professional experience exploring the practicalities of working with people, their carers and advocates in a non-oppressive and empowering way, as well as working with Mental Health Assessors and Interpreters. Learners will also be updated on future changes such as the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) and the Approved Mental Capacity Professional (AMCP).
- Complex Social Issues in Maternity Care
This module focuses on women with complex social factors, covering a variety of social and psychological issues. It recognises that specific groups of women have additional needs that necessitate enhanced and individualised maternity care. By enhancing the midwifery skills of recognition, initial assessment (including Common Assessment Framework) and care management incorporating a range of other healthcare professionals, midwives will become more confident in their role. Other specific services such as Department for Children, Schools and Families, Social Services and third sector agencies will also be analysed and evaluated to explore their effectiveness in meeting the care needs of women with complex issues, including the process and hierarchy of referral, and case conference format. Participants will be encouraged to explore, for example drug misuse and possible levels of intervention, ensuring access to maternity and other services, to reduce health inequalities and improve pregnancy outcomes.
The aim of this module is to enable midwives to utilise and adapt their midwifery knowledge and skills to facilitate collaborative multidisciplinary working and the integration of relevant services to support women with complex social issues and improve pregnancy outcomes.
Examples of course content include:
· Those who misuse substances
· Recent migrants – asylum seeker/refugee
- Those under 20 years of age
- Victims of domestic abuse
- Those isolated from society e.g. by imprisonment
- Women with learning difficulties
- Poverty & homelessness
- Leading Service Change
In these challenging times Health and Care services need to be developed to meet growing demands but with decreasing resources. This course explores models, theories and the evidence base to enable you to identify how to lead change within your service.
The course covers three main themes: the external context and health policy influencing change; service development and redesign; working with change and leadership. The course explores questions such as: How do you involve service users and other stakeholders in service development? How to identify what to change? How do you prepare for the future? How can you facilitate change through people and process, creating a sense of urgency and commitment? What is leadership and how do you lead? What types of leaders are required in challenging times? How can leadership styles influence team motivation and outcomes?
- Shared Decision Making
This course introduces the student to a relatively new way of approaching shared decision making in health and social care internationally, which focuses on shared exchange of scientific and experiential knowledge between service users and service providers. In doing so, the module follows the coproduction approach which has originated in social work, as well as the strengths- based approach, aimed at optimising motivation and collaboration.
Students will acquire knowledge of conceptual and practice approaches relevant to shared decision making in the context of health and social care, which are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including philosophy and ethics, risk avoidance and risk taking considerations, service user involvement, clinical reasoning, and values based decision making.
Throughout, students will develop their critical thinking skills, learn to use relevant shared decision-making aids, evaluate existing research, with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary for implementing their learning to shared decision making in their own health and social care practice.
This module enables you to study an emerging area of personal interest within a professional context. You will develop an individually tailored outcomes-based programme of study with guidance from an academic tutor/supervisor. The topic chosen will be relevant to your professional practice. The choice of topic and learning outcomes will be the subject of negotiation between you and your supervisor.
- Concepts and Theories on Well-being
This module is designed for social workers and other health and social care professionals, who want to gain an in depth understanding of theories and concepts associated with the well-being of individuals, communities and professionals. It is a part-time module offering both online and face to face teaching in normal circumstances.
The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake study to better prepare professionals to integrate the notion of well-being into their practice and personal well-being.
Wellbeing has become a much-vaunted term in contemporary society and particularly in health and social care practice. But what do we mean when we use this term? This module invites students to engage in critical enquiry to enhance their understanding of wellbeing in a variety of contexts. Students will engage in discussion and debate on the various theoretical perspectives on wellbeing and its place within contemporary health and social policy. The module will equip students with a theoretical perspective as well as an understanding of the emerging research evidence surrounding wellbeing in practice. Students will be encouraged to engage in a wider discourse of wellbeing and to explore how these notions may lead to reconfiguration of how we see ourselves as practitioners as well as the how and why we seek to work with individuals, families and communities nationally and globally.
Semester A & B
Mode of delivery
Health & Social Work