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MSc Social Work

MSc Social Work

This programme has satisfied all the professional qualification requirements set by the professional regulator, the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Upon successful completion of the programme students will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social work practitioner with HCPC.

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated some adaptations to ensure a safe learning experience for all students and staff.

From autumn 2020 we plan to deliver an on-campus experience with appropriate social distancing. It is our intention that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions.

Wherever possible, we have adapted and refined practical and hands-on sessions to allow these to take place face-to-face, with smaller class sizes where academic staff engage with each student as an individual, working with them to enhance their strengths. Students get to know each other better and appropriate social distancing measures can be maintained.

All the learning outcomes of the course will be delivered through this approach. As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching.

Our aim will be that online delivery is engaging and that students have the opportunity to interact with their tutors and be part of a learning community with fellow students through a range of different digital tools, including our dedicated online managed learning environment. This will help prepare students for a 21st Century workplace, with seamless blending of digital and face-to-face interactions.

We will be clear with students at the start of teaching about the specific approach to teaching for their programme.

Lectures involving large groups will be delivered online using interactive software in a range of different formats to ensure an engaging experience.

At Lincoln we aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will be managed to maximise face-to-face contact.

Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are being planned to be delivered face-to-face in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

It is currently hard to predict the availability of trips, placements and other external experiences, but in all cases we are working hard to try and offer these where possible and within the framework of government guidelines at the time.

Personal tutoring is key to our delivery as this provides students with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University of Lincoln.

Safety and adherence to government guidelines is our first concern as we support students to engage in all aspects of their study here at Lincoln.

The Course

The programme aims to develop reflective and competent social work practitioners who can practise safely, effectively and confidently in complex environments. The School of Health and Social Care has been validated by The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) to deliver the MSc Social Work as a postgraduate professional award in Social Care.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake two supervised and assessed practice placements in social work or social care settings during their studies. These placements are designed to provide students with the chance to develop their professional knowledge, theories, values and practical skills. Please see the Features tab for more details on the potential costs associated with completing these placements.

This programme benefits from strong international links and may provide opportunities for international focused teaching and study.

The Course

Social work provides an opportunity to ensure fair and just treatment for those who might not be able to do so for themselves and can be a hugely rewarding career for anyone with an interest in safeguarding the human rights of others.

This programme is designed to provide the professional knowledge and skills needed to qualify and practice as a registered social worker. Through an integrated learning approach, students are supported to develop as competent, confident, analytical, and reflective practitioners who can work safely and effectively in complex, challenging environments to make a difference in the lives of people and society.

Interprofessional learning is at the core of this programme, enabling students to learn, develop, and collaborate with students from other disciplines in health and social care, including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy students. Students may take advantage of the excellent research environment and opportunities available to build on links between social work practice and research to undertake their own real-world research study. The programme benefits from strong international links providing chances for focused teaching and study visits further afield.

Each year there will be an option to undertake practice placements, supervised and assessed by a practice educator. These allow students to apply the theory and practice of social work in varied and challenging settings with a focus on health and social care.

This programme has satisfied all the professional qualification requirements set by the professional regulator (The HCPC). Upon successful completion of the programme students will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social work practitioner with The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
The learning and teaching strategy adopted within the MSc Social Work derives from the University’s aim to produce independent, enquiring and knowledgeable graduates. We want to support you to enjoy learning and be enterprising, employable, self-aware and make a positive contribution to society.

As part of the programme students are expected to undertake two supervised and assessed placements in relevant social work or social care settings. This provides the opportunity to apply and develop students' professional knowledge, theories, values and skills in practice. Placements are broken down into one placement in the first year of 70 days and one placement in the second year of 100 days.

Students are matched to placements by a dedicated practice team and are supported by practice educators. These placements are usually in the Lincolnshire area.

Please note that students are expected to cover the cost of their own transport, accommodation and general living expenses while completing their practice placements. Eligible students may be able to apply for an NHS Student Bursary for Practice Placement Expenses. Please see: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-bursary-students

Study Trips

Students on this programme may have the opportunity to take part in optional study trips or learning activities. Please note that students who choose to take part in these trips are expected to cover any additional costs incurred.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Due to the nature of this programme, contact hours will vary over the duration of the course depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Students are usually required to attend teaching sessions 3 to 4 days per week during teaching time. While completing the practice placement element, students are required to complete a full-time working week. The practice placement element comprises a total of 170 full days.

As a full time postgraduate programme, students are expected to allocate 1-2 working days per week for independent study, preparation and the production of assessed work. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

Assessed Practice One (Core)
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Assessed Practice One (Core)

Assessed Practice One consists of students undertaking 70 days of assessed learning in an audited and approved practice learning setting. The practice placement is designed to provide a range of learning opportunities that are approved as meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) 'End of First Placement Level Capabilities', the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students, the HCPC Standards of Education and Training and are informed by the HCPC Standards of Proficiency – Social workers in England. Students are assessed by a suitably qualified Practice Educator.

Assessed Practice Two (Core)
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Assessed Practice Two (Core)

In Assessed Practice Two, students are required to complete a 100 day assessed placement in a practice agency that meets the threshold requirements expected by the professional regulator. The placement can offer students a contrasting learning experience from their first placement (Assessed Practice One) in terms of different settings, service user groups, ages or methods.

The practice placement provides a range of learning opportunities that are approved as meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework Qualifying Social Worker Level Capabilities (including offering a range of appropriate statutory interventions), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students, the HCPC Standards of Education and Training and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency – Social workers in England. Students are assessed by a suitably qualified Practice Educator.

Contemporary Issues in Statutory Social Work Practice (Core)
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Contemporary Issues in Statutory Social Work Practice (Core)

This module aims to encourage a critical analysis of contemporary, regulated professional social work within the United Kingdom as a political construct, commissioned to undertake a particular and ever narrowing range of roles, tasks, and duties. Students can engage in a critical evaluation of such political and policy dynamics, with a particular focus on statutory interventions and their legal basis, as well as the mechanisms and implications of how such services are commissioned and funded.

The module looks to encourage students to ask deeper critical questions about society, such as who decides what services are provided and how are these decisions made. How does the structure of society create vulnerable people, and can this ever change?

Dissertation (MSc Social Work) (Core)
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Dissertation (MSc Social Work) (Core)

The Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to develop the skills of independent enquiry and undertake primary practice-focused research.

Human Rights, Justice and Wellbeing: A Global Social Work Perspective (Core)
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Human Rights, Justice and Wellbeing: A Global Social Work Perspective (Core)

This module aims to examine contemporary, international, and European perspectives on welfare, social work and comparative social policy. Students have the chance to examine and analyse a range of social issues and their impact on social work practice. Drawing on a range of theoretical models and practice examples, students can explore the key themes of human rights, social justice, citizenship, economic and social well-being. The focus will be on supporting students to understand the principles and practice of complex working within and across geographical boundaries; to highlight working with cultural diversity and to examine the implications for social work practice.

Inter-professional Working (Core)
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Inter-professional Working (Core)

This module is designed to develop students’ awareness of contemporary approaches to inter-professional working across social work and a range of health and social care organisations. It seeks to support students in understanding and respecting their own role and responsibilities and those of other professionals in promoting inter-professional working.

A critical examination of how service users and carers can be engaged through inter-professional working arrangements will be an essential focus of this module. This module will provide students with the opportunity to critically examine and engage with the knowledge, legislation, policy, values and practice skills that define and support social work practice within and across organisations.

Readiness for Practice in Social Work (Core)
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Readiness for Practice in Social Work (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to core social work processes and skills in order to prepare them for direct practice with service users, carers and others. In addition this module will look to determine, as part of the assessment, whether each student is ready for direct practice with service users.

The module will focus on supporting students to develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of social workers in contemporary society, and the ethical and value base that are the foundations of professional practice. Students can engage in learning practical activities which aim to enable them to engage successfully, purposefully and in a partnership with service users. Students are expected to develop an understanding of practice processes, an understanding and expectation of professional conduct, the standards of practice and the values required for professional social work and their practice placement experience.

Safeguarding: Research Informed Practice (Core)
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Safeguarding: Research Informed Practice (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to identify and critically evaluate knowledge, evidence and research for and in social work practice. Students can develop an informed understanding of research, with a particular focus on the causations of vulnerability and the efficacy of various interventions and services.

The module also aims to equip students with the theoretical, generic and specialist methods and skills to carry out research with a focus on preparing them to undertake a guided, independent, evaluative, qualitative research study based on primary data collection and relevant to social work and social work practice.

Social Policy Issues Through the Life Course (Core)
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Social Policy Issues Through the Life Course (Core)

This module explores the complexity of social policy issues relevant to contemporary social work practice. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how to critically analyse social issues and policy responses by drawing on the theoretical and applied perspectives of life course development. A key aim of the module is developing an understanding how service user experiences of social issues and relevant policies vary over the life course. The constructed, contested and ever-changing nature of social issues, including debates over the aims and methods of policy and practice responses, will also be analysed and debated.

The Legal Context of Social Work Practice (Core)
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The Legal Context of Social Work Practice (Core)

This module aims to identify current legislative provision and assessment frameworks and consider their application in contemporary, regulated professional social work practice in England. This is designed to enable students to identify and understand the range of legal powers and duties relevant to the social work practice, including the relationship between agency procedures, legal duties and responsibilities. It will consider the legal provisions that govern and confers specific duties and responsibilities toward a variety of service user groups, including how this helps to ensure that entitlements are met and rights are promoted.

Theory, Assessment and Methods (Core)
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Theory, Assessment and Methods (Core)

This year long modules is designed to introduce students to theory, assessment and methods relevant to social work practice. Students are enabled to critically explore the range of theories and approaches that social workers use in their practice with service users, and their application to assessment and methods in and for social work practice.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment methods on this programme include written submissions, case studies, presentations, portfolios, a Readiness for Practice assessment interview, practice based assessment, in class tests and a dissertation,

The final dissertation involves primary research with practitioners and or service users to investigate key social issues or to evaluate existing services. Recent successful dissertation topics have included:

  • An evaluation of a regional befriending scheme for older people
  • The role of social workers in challenging child poverty
  • The experiences of kinship carers
  • The impact of rurality in delivering social work to young people with disabilities
  • Placing sibling groups for adoption.


Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Applications should be made through the online system. This can be accessed through the 'Apply Online' button.

A number of useful documents for applying for this programme can be found under the Quick Links section of this webpage.

The next intake for this course is January 2020. Applications are now open for this intake. Please apply directly to the University. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019. Early applications are recommended. Applications for 2021 are to be made through UCAS.

Interview and Postgraduate Taster Days

Postgraduate Taster Days provide an excellent opportunity for potential applicants to meet teaching staff, discuss the MSc programme and find out more about the social work profession.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to an assessment day – please see the FAQ file about the MSc Social Work on the right of this page for more information.

Postgraduate applicant days provide an excellent opportunity for potential applicants to meet teaching staff, discuss the MSc programme and find out more about the social work profession.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to an assessment day – please see the FAQ file about the MSc Social Work on the right of this page for more information.

All candidates on the MSc programme who meet basic UK residency criteria will be able to apply for a Social Work Bursary to support their studies. The bursary provides a basic grant as well as means-tested allowances for a range of needs. For full details and information about eligibility, please visit: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/825.aspx

Students may incur additional costs for travel to practice placements on this course and are expected to hold a UK Driving Licence. Eligible students may be able to apply for an NHS Student Bursary for Practice Placement Expenses. Please see: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-bursary-students.

 2020/21 Entry
Home/EU £7,700 per year
Home/EU  (including Alumni £1000 reduction*) £6,700 per year
International £14,600 per year
International (including Alumni £1000 reduction*) £13,600 per year
   
Part-time Home/EU £64 per credit point
Part-time International £122 per credit point

 

*Lincoln Alumni MSc Social Work Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Home/EU and International students holding a University of Lincoln degree when enrolling on the MSc Social Work (Pre-Qualification) programme.

£1000 will be paid directly to the student for each year of study for each completed academic year of study, with part-time students eligible for a pro-rata payment.

Eligibility

- You will have previously completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification that leads to postgraduate study), Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma at the University of Lincoln, confirmed by a University of Lincoln Board of Examiners.

- You are subject to tuition fees of £7,700 per year for Home/EU and £14,600 for International (pro-rata for part-time studies)

- You will be enrolled on the University’s Student Management System on the MSc Social Work programme

- All tuition fees and payments due to the University in relation to any previous study have been paid in full.

Please contact admissions@lincoln.ac.uk for further details.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Students may incur additional costs for travel to practice placements on this course and are expected to hold a UK Driving Licence. Eligible students may be able to apply for an NHS Student Bursary for Practice Placement Expenses. Please see: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-bursary-students.

First or upper second class honours degree with relevant prior experience (including voluntary) in social care, education or health. This programme also requires a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths (or equivalent). These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting an application.

We do not specify a minimum length of time in social work since we are most interested in how you reflect upon your experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. This qualification must have been obtained prior to submitting your application.

Shortlisted applicants will also have to pass screening processes in terms of professional suitability: DBS criminal record checks; health declaration; professional references. The University will pay for DBS checks.

It is important that you declare health issues or previous involvement with the criminal justice system to admissions staff so that an official decision about your suitability to practise can be made. These issues do not automatically prevent entry and will be treated sensitively and in complete confidentiality.

This programme has satisfied all the professional qualification requirements set by the professional regulator (The HCPC). Upon successful completion of the programme students will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social work practitioner with The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

Students can benefit from the excellent research partnerships across the School of Health and Social Care. These include:

  • An innovative and large-scale international education and practice development project funded by the European Union.
  • A range of local and national partners to support the development of social work practice and social work education. Locally-funded evaluations of service provision and service enhancement are being developed and carried out, with the goal of enhancing practice delivery.
  • The National Health Service (NHS), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) network, and other academic institutions linking closely with key external contexts such as Best Research for Best Health, the NIHR, and the Cooksey Review of health research funding. Additionally, collaborative research funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF; budget-held elsewhere) is being revised prior to a programme of national dissemination.

Additionally, there are a number of Individual research projects currently being undertaken at programme level that highlight the School’s commitment to embedding research within social work practice. These include:

  • Projects focusing on child and adolescent well-being, enabling young people to prepare for independent living when leaving care.
  • Projects centring on developing practice include exploring practitioners' expectations of the role of practice educators, along with developing a bank of resources to support practice education.
  • Emphasis on utilising a collaborative approach that draws together practitioners and researchers in co-producing research and training materials.

In keeping with our ‘student as producer’ ethos, students are supported in their development as a research-engaged practitioner. Examples of the opportunities available include the potential to publish in the University of Lincoln Journal of Higher Education Research, which can be found at: https://lheri.lincoln.ac.uk/impact/, and the direct involvement in primary research through the completion of a dissertation.

This programme takes a student-centred approach to study through active participation, self-directed learning, and research, and the model of joint learning with other professionals is fully embedded within the teaching strategy. This is supported by a wide range of structured, planned, and additional teaching.

The University aims to support students in their learning and to produce independent, enquiring, and knowledgeable graduates and social work practitioners.

To support learning and accommodate a range of styles, the School’s approaches to teaching and learning are diverse and include:

  • Fostering interprofessional learning to collaborate with and learn alongside other health and social care students, including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nursing students.
  • The involvement of service users, carers, and practitioners to promote the application of theory, knowledge, and values into practice.
  • Utilising the School’s excellent simulation resources to enable skills development within a safe and supported learning environment.
  • Peer-learning opportunities such as knowledge exchange presentations, on-line discussion boards, and collaborative group-based learning.
  • The active use of research to inform practice is embedded within each module, offering the opportunity to incrementally support development as a research informed practitioner.
  • Examining global and international perspectives on social work to further develop understanding and capacity as a professional social worker.

Students are usually required to be at the University three days per week during teaching time, and expected to allocate one to two working days per week for independent study, research, preparation, and to complete assessed work.

Assessed Practice One (Core)
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Assessed Practice One (Core)

Assessed Practice One consists of students undertaking 70 days of assessed learning in an audited and approved practice learning setting. The practice placement is designed to provide a range of learning opportunities that are approved as meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) 'End of First Placement Level Capabilities', the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students, the HCPC Standards of Education and Training and are informed by the HCPC Standards of Proficiency – Social workers in England. Students are assessed by a suitably qualified Practice Educator.

Assessed Practice Two (Core)
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Assessed Practice Two (Core)

In Assessed Practice Two, students are required to complete a 100 day assessed placement in a practice agency that meets the threshold requirements expected by the professional regulator. The placement can offer students a contrasting learning experience from their first placement (Assessed Practice One) in terms of different settings, service user groups, ages or methods.

The practice placement provides a range of learning opportunities that are approved as meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework Qualifying Social Worker Level Capabilities (including offering a range of appropriate statutory interventions), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students, the HCPC Standards of Education and Training and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency – Social workers in England. Students are assessed by a suitably qualified Practice Educator.

Contemporary Issues in Statutory Social Work Practice (Core)
Find out more

Contemporary Issues in Statutory Social Work Practice (Core)

This module aims to encourage a critical analysis of contemporary, regulated professional social work within the United Kingdom as a political construct, commissioned to undertake a particular and ever narrowing range of roles, tasks, and duties. Students can engage in a critical evaluation of such political and policy dynamics, with a particular focus on statutory interventions and their legal basis, as well as the mechanisms and implications of how such services are commissioned and funded.

The module looks to encourage students to ask deeper critical questions about society, such as who decides what services are provided and how are these decisions made. How does the structure of society create vulnerable people, and can this ever change?

Dissertation (MSc Social Work) (Core)
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Dissertation (MSc Social Work) (Core)

The Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to develop the skills of independent enquiry and undertake primary practice-focused research.

Essential Interprofessional Practice (Core)
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Essential Interprofessional Practice (Core)

Healthcare professionals share key skills and characteristics around the legal, ethical and values base of professional practice. This first year inter-professional module has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and understanding about the structure and function of health and social care in the UK; the role of different professional groups and how they can work together to maximise the care experience for service users and their families and the legal, ethical and professional body frameworks that govern practice. The module will also support students in making the transition to Masters level study and assist them in the development of key skills such as critical evaluation, reflection and using evidence to underpin practice.

Human Rights, Justice and Wellbeing: A Global Social Work Perspective (Core)
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Human Rights, Justice and Wellbeing: A Global Social Work Perspective (Core)

This module aims to examine contemporary, international, and European perspectives on welfare, social work and comparative social policy. Students have the chance to examine and analyse a range of social issues and their impact on social work practice. Drawing on a range of theoretical models and practice examples, students can explore the key themes of human rights, social justice, citizenship, economic and social well-being. The focus will be on supporting students to understand the principles and practice of complex working within and across geographical boundaries; to highlight working with cultural diversity and to examine the implications for social work practice.

Readiness for Practice in Social Work (Core)
Find out more

Readiness for Practice in Social Work (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to core social work processes and skills in order to prepare them for direct practice with service users, carers and others. In addition this module will look to determine, as part of the assessment, whether each student is ready for direct practice with service users.

The module will focus on supporting students to develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of social workers in contemporary society, and the ethical and value base that are the foundations of professional practice. Students can engage in learning practical activities which aim to enable them to engage successfully, purposefully and in a partnership with service users. Students are expected to develop an understanding of practice processes, an understanding and expectation of professional conduct, the standards of practice and the values required for professional social work and their practice placement experience.

Safeguarding: Research Informed Practice (Core)
Find out more

Safeguarding: Research Informed Practice (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to identify and critically evaluate knowledge, evidence and research for and in social work practice. Students can develop an informed understanding of research, with a particular focus on the causations of vulnerability and the efficacy of various interventions and services.

The module also aims to equip students with the theoretical, generic and specialist methods and skills to carry out research with a focus on preparing them to undertake a guided, independent, evaluative, qualitative research study based on primary data collection and relevant to social work and social work practice.

Social Policy Issues Through the Life Course (Core)
Find out more

Social Policy Issues Through the Life Course (Core)

This module explores the complexity of social policy issues relevant to contemporary social work practice. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how to critically analyse social issues and policy responses by drawing on the theoretical and applied perspectives of life course development. A key aim of the module is developing an understanding how service user experiences of social issues and relevant policies vary over the life course. The constructed, contested and ever-changing nature of social issues, including debates over the aims and methods of policy and practice responses, will also be analysed and debated.

The Legal Context of Social Work Practice (Core)
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The Legal Context of Social Work Practice (Core)

This module aims to identify current legislative provision and assessment frameworks and consider their application in contemporary, regulated professional social work practice in England. This is designed to enable students to identify and understand the range of legal powers and duties relevant to the social work practice, including the relationship between agency procedures, legal duties and responsibilities. It will consider the legal provisions that govern and confers specific duties and responsibilities toward a variety of service user groups, including how this helps to ensure that entitlements are met and rights are promoted.

Theory, Assessment and Methods (Core)
Find out more

Theory, Assessment and Methods (Core)

This year long modules is designed to introduce students to theory, assessment and methods relevant to social work practice. Students are enabled to critically explore the range of theories and approaches that social workers use in their practice with service users, and their application to assessment and methods in and for social work practice.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment methods on this programme include written submissions, case studies, presentations, portfolios, a Readiness for Practice assessment interview, practice based assessment, in class tests, and a dissertation.

The final dissertation involves primary research with practitioners and or service users to investigate key social issues or to evaluate existing services. Recent successful dissertation topics have included:

  • An evaluation of a regional befriending scheme for older people
  • The role of social workers in challenging child poverty
  • The experiences of kinship carers
  • The impact of rurality in delivering social work to young people with disabilities
  • Placing sibling groups for adoption.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Applications should be made through our online application system or through UCAS. A number of useful documents for applying for this programme can be found under the Quick Links section of this webpage.

The next intake for this course is January 2021. The application deadline is 21 October 2020. Early application is recommended.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to an assessment day. Please see the FAQ file about the MSc Social Work on the right of this page for more information.

Postgraduate applicant days provide an excellent opportunity for potential applicants to meet teaching staff, discuss the MSc programme and find out more about the social work profession.

Shortlisted candidates are invited to an assessment day – please see the FAQ file about the MSc Social Work on the right of this page for more information.

The School of Health and Social Care continues to foster excellent relationships with key social work agencies and organisations via its Partnership groups / Consortiums. This ensures that diverse and interesting practice placement opportunities are sustained, increasing employment opportunities after graduation.

All candidates on the MSc programme who meet basic UK residency criteria will be able to apply for a Social Work Bursary to support their studies. The bursary provides a basic grant as well as means-tested allowances for a range of needs. For full details and information about eligibility, please visit: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/825.aspx

Students may incur additional costs for travel to practice placements on this course and are expected to hold a UK Driving Licence. Eligible students may be able to apply for an NHS Student Bursary for Practice Placement Expenses. Please see: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-bursary-students.

 2020/21 Entry
Home/EU £7,700 per year
Home/EU  (including Alumni £1000 reduction*) £6,700 per year
International £14,600 per year
International (including Alumni £1000 reduction*) £13,600 per year
   
Part-time Home/EU £64 per credit point
Part-time International £122 per credit point

 

*Lincoln Alumni MSc Social Work Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Home/EU and International students holding a University of Lincoln degree when enrolling on the MSc Social Work (Pre-Qualification) programme.

£1000 will be paid directly to the student for each year of study for each completed academic year of study, with part-time students eligible for a pro-rata payment.

Eligibility

- You will have previously completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification that leads to postgraduate study), Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma at the University of Lincoln, confirmed by a University of Lincoln Board of Examiners.

- You are subject to tuition fees of £7,700 per year for Home/EU and £14,600 for International (pro-rata for part-time studies)

- You will be enrolled on the University’s Student Management System on the MSc Social Work programme

- All tuition fees and payments due to the University in relation to any previous study have been paid in full.

Please contact admissions@lincoln.ac.uk for further details.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

There may be costs incurred during travel to placement. However, students may be eligible for the travel bursary offered via NHS bursaries.

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Students may incur additional costs for travel to practice placements on this course and are expected to hold a UK Driving Licence. Eligible students may be able to apply for an NHS Student Bursary for Practice Placement Expenses. Please see: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-bursary-students.

First or second class honours degree with relevant prior experience (including voluntary) in social care, education or health. This programme also requires a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths (or equivalent). These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting an application.

We do not specify a minimum length of time in social work since we are most interested in how you reflect upon your experience.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. This qualification must have been obtained prior to submitting your application.

For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Shortlisted applicants will also have to pass screening processes in terms of professional suitability: DBS criminal record checks; health declaration; professional references. The University will pay for DBS checks.

It is important that you declare health issues or previous involvement with the criminal justice system to admissions staff so that an official decision about your suitability to practise can be made. These issues do not automatically prevent entry and will be treated sensitively and in complete confidentiality.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Karen Hubbard

Programme Leader



Contact: khubbard@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

If diversity is what you’re looking for, there are few jobs more diverse than social work. Supporting the youngest to the oldest in society social work will take you from hospitals to care homes, schools to communities as you help people through some of the best and most challenging times of their lives. Our graduates have gone on to work in a broad range of social work settings including Children’s Services, Adults Services, Mental Health Trusts, and in a range of independent and voluntary sector organisations.

As a Social Worker, you could find yourself guiding a young person through their mental health journey, helping a family to grow through adoption or supporting vulnerable people to improve their independence and wellbeing. Being the person who could potentially change someone’s life for the better is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Social work is rooted in the safeguarding of human rights of those who may not otherwise be able to do that for themselves. This kind of career gives you the opportunity to stand up for social justice to ensure fair and just treatment, which will in turn make you a better policy maker.

While the job can be a humbling one, it’s also a career that will test you. Working with vulnerable people can mean that you find yourself in potentially difficult situations, but being a Social Worker means having the ability to find a way to work through those situations to benefit the person at the heart of it. Having resilience and being able to negotiate those kinds of situations will teach you a huge amount about yourself.

Of course, a career is all about work life balance. Working in the service of others is a great leveller and helping to improve the wellbeing of other people can have a positive impact on your own sense of well-being. It can also refresh your perspective, by teaching you what is truly important in life.

On a practical level, the social work sector benefits from excellent employment prospects as well as a competitive salary, especially for those with a postgraduate social work degree. Recently released graduate earning figures from the Department of Education found that those with a postgraduate qualification earning an average of £4,000 more than those with an undergraduate degree and this graduate premium is another potential benefit.

Social work is a profession regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful completion of this MSc Social Work programme provides eligibility to apply for HCPC registration. Further information is available at http://www.hcpc-uk.org/

Career and Personal Development

Supporting the youngest to the oldest in society, social work will take practitioners from hospitals to care homes, and schools to communities as they help people through some of the best and most challenging times of their lives. Social workers could find themselves guiding a young person through their mental health journey, helping a family to grow through adoption, or supporting vulnerable people to improve their independence and wellbeing. Providing this level of support in someone’s life can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

While the job can be a humbling one, it is also a testing career. Working with vulnerable people can mean facing potentially difficult situations, but being a Social Worker means having the ability to find a way to work through those situations to benefit the person at the heart of it.

Social work is a profession regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Successful completion of this MSc Social Work programme provides eligibility to apply for HCPC registration. Further information is available at http://www.hcpc-uk.org/.

Graduates from the programme have gone on to work in a broad range of social work settings, including children’s services, adults services, mental health trusts, and in a range of independent and voluntary sector organisations.

The University Careers and Employability team can provide tailored, individual support and careers advice. The service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice, and interview preparation. Alumni can continue to access support and advice for up 15 months after graduating. The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.


Facilities

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

An exciting new development for the School, the Sarah Swift Building, is a £19m investment into a dedicated facility for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses high-quality teaching, research, social and learning spaces for both Schools.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.