Postgraduate entry to Social Work

Masters in Social Work at Sheffield Hallam

For a useful summary have a look at our online prospectus which has full course details.  It is a  26 month full-time course – including 200 days out on mandatory professional training placements (working 5 days a week). All course applications to be made via UCAS. This is a popular course and is usually full by the September of the year before the course starts in January.


The Government has reduced the number of funded places. See NHS bursaries for more information.

Important Course Entry Requirements

  • You must demonstrate in your application, and at interview, an understanding of some of the challenges facing you as a social worker. This may include issues in social care or other areas including • education • health • criminal justice • childcare • community or youth work. You also need to demonstrate a commitment to valuing the culture and diversity of others.
  • You must have at least six months recent experience of working with service users and carers. This can be paid or voluntary work and we ask you to bring a reference to your interview.
  • If you have relevant life experience as a service user or carer this can be used to support your application. You should discuss this reflectively as part of your application form. Personal experience alone would not be sufficient for entry to the programme.

You must also:

  • hold at least a first degree of 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, which includes psychology, sociology, social policy and public administration
  • have GCSE Maths & English grade c or equivalent
  • have a DBS enhanced disclosure certificate

You are advised to attend a University Open Day to find out more about the course and the university.


Within 40 miles of Sheffield there are also PG professional Social Work qualification courses at:

  • Huddersfield University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Sheffield

New graduate training entry route into Children & Families Social work run by an organisation called 'Frontline' as a ‘fast track’ route for graduates who have got a 2:1 and 300+ UCAS points – who want to train rapidly for leadership positions ‘on the job’ and work in areas of high social deprivation such as London and Greater Manchester. Applications should be made in October/November ready for summer residential school start. 

Don't forget to read the Social Work information on this site.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:08