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Supporting Your Development

Our advanced programme aims to support qualified social workers in their professional development and upon completion provides a Master’s-level credit, as recommended by the Social Work Reform Board.

The flexibility of our modules mean you are able to move from one area of specialism to another, to support your personal and professional development needs. You can build credit to obtain awards such as Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Qualifications. 

You can work alongside our experienced team of academics who aim to provide structure and conceptual frameworks to guide your learning. The content is informed by national health and social care debate to ensure it is up-to-date with the latest sector developments and issues.

MSc Courses


MSc Social Work Advanced Professional Practice

This advanced programme aims to support social workers in their professional development and upon completion provides a Master’s-level qualification, as recommended by the Social Work Reform Board. The flexibility of this programme is designed to allow you to move from one area of specialism to another, to support your personal and professional development needs. You can work alongside our experienced team of academics who aim to provide structure and conceptual frameworks to guide your learning. The content of this programme is informed by national health and social care debate to ensure it is up-to-date with the latest sector developments and issues. The collaborative culture in the School facilitates group work to examine live case material and undertake research in areas that are relevant to your own practice.

Postgraduate Certificate

PG Cert Interprofessional Practice (Approved Mental Health Professional)

This programme aims to provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge, competences and values needed to carry out the specific duties of an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under current mental health legislation. The University of Lincoln has a record of specialist mental health training, having run the former Approved Social Worker programmes for a number of years. The Approved Mental Health Professional programme has run since 2009.

Standalone Modules

Best Interests Assessor

(15 credits, Option) This module provides the qualification for people to carry out the duties of Best Interests Assessors, as required by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) regulations. It is open to professionals from social work, nursing, occupational therapy and psychology who have at least two years post-qualifying experience.


Analysing Professional Practice

(15 credits, Core; PG Cert) The module focuses on embedding and further enhancing key skills that are intrinsic to effective social work practice: critical reflection and analysis. Practitioners will critically appraise how theory, practice-based knowledge, and research evidence combine to inform professional judgements which are aimed at improving the lives of service users. Practitioners will be supported to evaluate the skills needed for effective practice, including recognising and drawing on different perspectives, appraising research evidence, and promoting service user empowerment from within the context of social work values, ethics and professional accountability.


Practice Education 1

(30 credits, Option) The module is relevant for those who support, mentor and assess student social workers and others engaging in formal and informal learning or development activities. It equips practitioners with the necessary skills, values and knowledge to enable them to become effective Practice Educators. Practice Education 1 meets the requirements of Stage 1 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards.


Practice Education 2

(15 credits, Option) Practice Education 2 builds on Practice Education 1 (previously 'Enabling Others') and meets the requirements for becoming a 'Stage Two Practice Educator' under the Practice Educator Professional Standards.


Workshops

None currently available.

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