Make a difference to people’s lives. Combine in-depth professional training and tuition with practice placements - and graduate ready to apply to register as a qualified Social Worker.
Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.
Our full time Masters degree is designed for graduates with at least six months’ relevant work experience, who want to qualify as professional Social Workers.
Offered in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough, this two-year MA Social Work is approved by Social Work England, so when you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration.
Typically, in your first year you’ll have three days of lectures a week on campus, with the rest of your time spent in independent study or on placement. In the second year, you’ll have one day on campus, with 3-4 days per week on placement.
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We know that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. As a social work student at ARU you’ll benefit from:
You may be eligible for a Social Work Bursary in either year of your studies. This can help with living and travel costs and doesn’t have to be repaid. Eligibility criteria is set by NHS Bursary and a quota of students do get the bursary each year.
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Our MA Social Work degree course is validated by Social Work England, so when you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply to register as a Social Worker.
Associate Professor and MA Social Work Cambridge Course Lead
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader
Deputy Head of School
Associate Professor and Race Equality Lead
Associate Professor (Social Work)
Senior Lecturer (Social Work)
Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Social Work
On completion of this Masters degree you’ll be eligible to register with Social Work England as a qualified Social Worker.
You’ll be equipped to build a career in various branches of professional social work, including children’s or adult services, mental health services, youth offending, residential social care and providing advocacy and support for vulnerable groups.
You’ll have developed a wide range of academic, practical and reflective skills that will allow you to move into your chosen career and embark on your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).
Social Workers are in demand in the statutory, private, voluntary and independent sectors.
Although focussed on the education of future social work professionals, the degrees equip graduates with a range of transferable knowledge and skills.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a PhD programme at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.
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