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Programme structure: Social Work Research (MSc) - what's running in 2020/21

The programme can also be studied on a part-time basis over 2-5 years.

The programme leads to one of two awards and is organised so that a student entering with the intention of studying for the PG diploma has the opportunity to progress to the MSc, provided they have achieved a pass mark of 50% in all coursework and have the requisite credit points.

The programme is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching and weekly delivery so as to be most accessible to postgraduate students, busy policy professionals and practitioners. The delivery of units on the programme is designed to allow students to accumulate credits flexibly and organise the patterns of attendance to suit their own needs and circumstances.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0014 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0015 20 Mandatory TB-1
Social Work Research Dissertation SPOLM0039 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Students take 20 credit points from the following:
Further Quantitative Methods SPOLM0016 20 Optional TB-2
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional TB-2
Students take 40 credit points from the following:
SPOLM0016/SOCIM3132 can only be taken as an optional unit if not already taken as a mandatory unit.
Further Quantitative Methods SPOLM0016 20 Optional TB-2
Advanced Qualitative Research SOCIM3132 20 Optional TB-2
Researching Child and Family Welfare SPOLM0011 20 Optional TB-2
Inclusive Research with Disabled People ACHSM0001 20 Optional TB-2
Supervised Independent Study SPOLM4300 20 Optional AYEAR
The Economics of Public Policy SPOLM1062 20 Optional TB-2
Disabled Childhoods SPOLM0050 20 Optional TB-2
The International Analysis of Poverty and Social Exclusion SPOLM1068 20 Optional TB-2
Migration, asylum and human rights: EU and global policy perspectives. SPOLM0042 20 Optional TB-2
MSc Social Work Research   180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Additional progress information

Level M/7 Postgraduate Masters - While it is not essential (or indeed practical in some cases) for students to have successfully completed all the taught units before commencing the dissertation research, it is expected that the majority of taught units will have been taken by this stage. Please note that students are still subject to the progression rules in the code of practice.

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