A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social care related subject, where social sciences form a significant element of the curriculum.
GCSE Maths and English grade C or above or equivalent.
Applicants must provide:
- certificated evidence of qualifications
- evidence of recent study normally within the last five years
- evidence of significant social care experience, usually a minimum of 500 hours equivalent. This could include experience as a carer.
- two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference, one offering commentary on social care experience/aptitude.
In accordance with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements:
- All applicants for social work training must demonstrate that they have a satisfactory standard of health. Applicants who are conditionally offered a place on the course are required to obtain a satisfactory health check either through the School's Occupational Health Unit.
- All candidates are subject to Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Candidates must fill in a self-declaration and apply at entry for an enhanced DBS disclosure. Social Work as a protected profession is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that all cautions, convictions, spent or unspent, including motoring offences, covering the applicant’s entire lifetime must be included on the self-declaration. Continuation on the course is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
In 2021 there will be two MA Social work cohorts with the following deadlines for applications:
1 December 2020 for January 2021 start.
1 August for September 2021 start
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Applicants will be selected on an individual basis by interview and written exercise.
This programme is not open to international students as it does not meet the tier 4 study visa requirement.
School of Healthcare Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2020
- UK/EU: £15,000 (total)
- International: £39,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.
Additional cost information
You may have some travel costs whilst on placement, though we encourage agencies to minimise these and some cover this cost. There are travel awards for expenses to and from placement for all those eligible who apply for a bursary, including those who do not receive a full bursary.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
We currently have 14 bursaries available for students. Bursaries are available for both years of the programme. Please scroll down for bursary information.
Since 2013 the numbers of Social Work bursaries at each university have been capped nationally for each individual social work programme.
Students are ranked according to their performance at admissions interview. This ranking will be sent to NHS Bursaries and the final decision on eligibility for bursaries remains with NHS Bursaries.
In addition, the current position is that all students must apply for a bursary in order to be eligible for a contribution towards their travel expenses while on placement in years 1 and 2.
Please consult the NHS Bursary website for the up-to-date position.
Postgraduate Student loans
Students enrolling on the MA are eligible for a Postgraduate Student loan. Students who have applied for a PG loan do not have to pay 50% fees up front at registration but are able to pay their fees in three instalments over the academic year to match loan payments. Full details on how to apply for a Postgraduate Student loan can be found here.
MA Social Work students are eligible for postgraduate student loans and can obtain up to £10,280 as a contribution for the whole course if they did not receive a Social Work bursary.