Teaching and aims


  • to extend and enhance students’ existing knowledge, skills and values to enable them to address the requirements of complex social work practice with children and families, and to develop their abilities (as practitioners or managers) to promote and protect the well-being of children, young people  and their families
  • to promote critical reflection and the development of critical and analytical thinking to support the effective exercise of professional judgement in practice
  • to contribute to students’ continuing academic and professional development by promoting research-mindedness and an appreciation of and commitment to evidence-informed practice
  • to support and develop students’ professional commitment to child-centredness, supporting families, social justice, user empowerment, and the process of bringing about positive change for children young people, their families and carers
  • to link theory, research, policy and practice
  • to foster students’ personal and professional development, and their ability to support the development of others
  • to provide teaching & learning opportunities that support the development of professional capabilities to an advanced level, as specified in the PCF, in the context of improving outcomes for children & young people, and to prepare students for more complex and demanding professional responsibilities.

Programme handbook

MSc Advanced Social Work programme handbook 2018-19 (PDF, 536kB)

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