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Social Work BSc(Hons)
Social work is both a profession and an academic discipline that commits to social justice and human rights by supporting those in need.
It is a vital and rewarding field of work that puts you in direct contact with often vulnerable and marginalised individuals, giving you a chance to make a significant difference to their lives.
This social work degree course has been approved by Social Work England – the regulatory body for social work training. You'll need to demonstrate Social Work England's Professional Standards within your practice, alongside the expectations specified by the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).
Completion of the degree programme leads to a generic social work qualification, which then allows you to specialise in a particular area of practice. It also allows you to apply to Social Work England for registration as a social worker.
This degree is run in partnership with local agencies including Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council, as well as with carers and service users.
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Location Brighton: Moulsecoomb
UCAS code L500
Full-time 3 years
Approved by Social Work England
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A-levels or BTEC Entry requirements are in the range of A-level ABB–BBC (128–112 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDM–DMM. Applicants invited to interview are normally selected from the group who have predicted grades at the top of this range but it is not a guarantee of interview.
If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we may still invite you to interview if you offered a significantly competitive GCSE (or equivalent) profile, personal statement or relevant non–academic achievements. Subsequent offers will be made based on assessment at interview.
International Baccalaureate 32–28 points with three subjects at Higher level.
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits overall. Social work diploma preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 18 credits at distinction and 27 credits at merit, including level 3 credits in written communication, study skills, and reading and writing skills.
T-level Merit in the Health or Education and Early Years T-levels. Other T-levels are not accepted.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) A good GCSE profile including maths and English language. These are national requirements for social work training and cannot be waived/other subjects cannot be accepted in lieu. Functional Skills, level 2 in English and maths, are acceptable.
If you do not have the required GCSEs, find out which equivalent qualifications we accept instead .
Studied before or got relevant experience? A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Brighton, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2 or 3.
English language requirements IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in the other elements.
Other You should have:
- experience of being in a helping or support role, for example in a social care or education setting (this may be paid or voluntary)
- understanding of, and preparedness for, social work practice
- a satisfactory academic reference
- a satisfactory second (character) reference preferably relating to social care, a helping role you have had outside of your family, or from your most recent employer.
Note that we are unable to accept deferrals of places to the next academic year for this course.
If we make you an offer Once you've accepted your offer, to fulfil professional requirements, you will be expected to provide evidence of the following:
- satisfactory DBS disclosure
- satisfactory health declaration/clearance.
When you apply to Brighton we want to hear about who you are. Grades are never the whole picture; we're interested in things like creativity, resourcefulness, persistence and the capacity to think big and find new ways of doing things. And we recognise that not everyone has the same background. That's why we treat everyone who applies as an individual. We recognise many qualifications and we care about all of your achievements and the experiences you've had that set you apart.
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The course consists of university-based teaching and 200 days of practice learning. In your first year you’ll be introduced to foundational social work knowledge, including contributions from the social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, social policy and politics, something which develops in greater depth as you progress through the course. During your second and third years, you’ll complete two placements lasting 70 and 100 days respectively – take a look at the placement tab to find out more about these experiences and what to expect.
Knowledge from professional areas such as counselling, education and health is also incorporated into teaching and learning across the three year programme and, as part of this, there are opportunities to work in larger interprofessional groups during your time on with us. In previous years this has included working with students from other vocational courses, such as medicine, midwifery, occupational therapy and education.
Teaching typically takes the form of workshop style lectures, offering you opportunities to work closely with other students, qualified Social Workers and other professionals who may work closely with them. In this sense, the course benefits from contributions from a number of external partners and you’ll also get to meet different people who’ve either been in contact with services themselves, or care for someone who has. Use of actual and simulated case material is widely used within these sessions, helping you to apply your learning to real-world scenarios when on placement.
We’re especially keen to enable you to become a curious, critical and compassionate practitioner and across the three years of study you'll be supported by regular tutorials to help meet your developmental needs. These will be facilitated by your Personal Academic Tutor, all of whom are social work qualified and registered with Social Work England.
Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up-to-date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you will be told about any new developments through Student View .
Practice learning placements are a core part of your training. Of the 200 days allocated for this, 30 take the form of skills for practice days delivered within the university. The focus of these, as their name suggests, in on skills development as set against specific social work tasks and interventions (like assessment and decision making) and/or different areas of practice. These take place at intervals throughout the course.
The first placement, which runs in parallel for second year undergraduates and first year postgraduates, lasts for 70 days. Within this placement the emphasis will be on developing generic skills and underpinned by relevant theories and research. This setting is predominantly based in the private, voluntary or independent sector.
In your final year you’ll spend 100 days on placement. This placement will take place in a statutory setting, usually a Local Authority, or an organisation fulfilling statutory functions, such as a private fostering agency. During this placement you’ll have opportunities to:
- Undertake formal assessment processes.
- Apply legal frameworks in practice.
- Make decisions (with guidance) in relation to situations involving risk and complexity.
- Experience the demands of a high-pressure environment.
- Work with other professions as part of a multi-agency team.
For both of your placements, your practice will be assessed according to the Professional Capabilities Framework and you’ll be assigned a Practice Educator who’ll oversee your assessment. Supervisory and case management support for your work with service users will also be provided by the placement.
The university works with a large number of placement providers along the south-east coast and some upwards into Surrey, this enables us to draw on a wide range of learning opportunities for our students and ensures we meet the regulatory requirement to provide students with two distinct placements. These are our core providers and you will be offered both your first and second placements within these geographical parameters.
In terms of professional requirements, by the end of the course you must also demonstrate that your practice meets the Professional Standards for Social Workers from Social Work England.
Year 1 will introduce social work practice and begin your professional training. You will also learn about how the social sciences inform social work and about the role of social policy.
In this module you'll be introduced to core and basic knowledge of professional social work practice, including the central importance of professionalism and ethical and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.
The module outlines the nature, purpose, remit and knowledge base of professional social work; introduces key social work skills and outlines the component parts involved in professional social work tasks.
You'll explore professionalism - the professional identity, role and responsibility of social workers and how this relates to, and differs from, the personal self. The statutory regulation of social work profession and the professional body for social work are introduced. You'll also be introduced to the range of different settings for professional practice.
This module will provide you with the theoretical and conceptual tools to confront normative/normalising explanations of difference and inequality. You'll understand the ways that ‘differences’ and inequalities are formed and their consequences for everyday lived realities.
This module will introduce you to theories and knowledge on human development across the lifespan, by examining a range of bio-psychosocial theories, applying understanding to how human growth and development is shaped as we grow and travel through the life-course.
You will explore a range of bio-psychosocial theories: (eg. attachment; psychodynamic; bio-psychosocial, cognitive, behavioural, humanistic) and related theories (eg. systems theory and complexity theory). You'll examine the individual’s development in different contexts across the lifespan from childhood and adolescence, through adulthood to end of life, with consideration of the various transitions. You'll also take account of different cultural contexts; disability; mental health; harm and abuse; inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.
Application of understanding the life course to social work practice is embedded throughout the module learning. Thus, bio-psychosocial theories of development are applied to specific practice issues ranging from child abuse and parenting through to offending behaviour and care for older people and those with mental health difficulties. Key concepts in the lifespan are explored also: for example, identity, vulnerability, risk, protective factors, resilience and the promotion of strengths.
Learning and teaching on this module contributes to learning and assessment in relation to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework and the Health and Care Professions Councils’ Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England and Wales.
This module includes ten 'developing skills for practice' days and will enable you to develop core skills in engaging with service users/carers and undertaking assessments and interventions. You'll have the opportunity to shadow the practice of a Social Worker during your development days.
The module will also examine a number of social work methods and you'll gain an understanding of the place of theory and evidence in social work in guiding and evaluating assessments and interventions.
On this module you'll be introduced to the use of law in social work - you will learn about the English legal system, frameworks and concepts, before going on to consider the core legislation and practice guidance underpinning social work with children and families, adult service users and carers and those with mental health needs.
Attention will also be paid to the inter-professional context in which social workers operate and the need for partnership working when seeking to meet needs and safeguard and protect service users and carers. Throughout, a key focus will be upon the implications of statutory intervention for anti-oppressive, rights-based practice, the challenging of discrimination and the perspectives of service users and carers on use of law in social work practice.
This module will introduce you to the concept of need, what need might look like, how it might be defined by different groups and what resources may or may not be available to meet the needs of people with lived experience of receiving social work services or carers. You'll also develop knowledge of research methods and skills of inquiry, as well as skills in evaluation when considering how resources might meet identified needs.
Year 2 will develop your specialist knowledge and practical skills. You will also complete your first professional placement.
- Social Work Practice with Adults
- Social Work Practice with Children and Families
- Practice Learning 1
- Critical Social Work
In year 3, the second placement will enable further development and the consolidation of more complex social work practice. You will also use your research skills to complete a social work project of your choice.
- Social Work Dissertation
- Contemporary Social Work
- Practice Learning 2
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Meet the team
Annie Mullin, course leader
Annie has recently taken over the course lead role, having been a member of the university for a number of years teaching across our qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes. Annie is a qualified Social Worker and brings much experience from the field of mental health social work. Read Annie's full profile .
Other members of the teaching team:
- Jackie Lelkes
- Sarah Wilkins
- Lucy Basterra
- David Watson
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Our Social Work degree BSc (Hons) is approved by Social Work England (SWE), the regulatory body for the social work profession and qualifying training programmes in England.
Successful completion of this degree course can lead to registration with SWE, enabling you to apply for social work jobs and practice as a registered Social Worker. As a generic social work qualification, you can apply to work in any area of social work practice – subject to any specific employer requirements.
This qualification may enable you to register and work as a Social Worker in countries other than England. If you are intending to do this, you should first check with the regulatory body in that particular country to see if this qualification enables this.
Our qualifying social work courses are delivered within a consortium of partners, who together form the South Coast Regional Centre for Social Work Education.
Together we work with the University of Sussex, Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council to deliver a positive training experience. Our local authority partners are key to the delivery of our programmes and offer a number of placement opportunities, across a range of practice settings each year – from work in adult safeguarding to child protection.
We also work closely with other statutory agencies, such as Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who offer placement experiences related to mental health issues, as well as a range of non-statutory, community organisations. These have included agencies such as charities supporting the needs of people who are homeless or have substance misuse issues and a range of primary and secondary schools.
Local council information on becoming a social worker:
- Becoming a social worker at Brighton & Hove City Council
- Social work at East Sussex County Council
- Social work roles and vacancies at East Sussex County Council
- Sussex Partnership Social Work careers
As a social worker you’ll work with people to find ways to enhance their wellbeing through problem-solving issues of support, advocating for change and taking steps to minimise harm.
This may involve helping to protect people from harm, abuse or neglect, or supporting people to live independently. Social work is a challenging yet rewarding profession and the majority of graduates find this career choice fulfilling and virtually all say it is meaningful ( Social Work at University of Brighton: Discover Uni )*.
After graduation and successful registration with Social Work England, you can specialise in many different areas. Social Workers are employed across many different areas, enabling you to work with both children and adults in a variety of services, such as: children in need and child protection, adults in additional needs and in need of protection, youth offending, mental health, substance misuse, homeless support, asylum seekers and refugees and specialist disability and enablement support.
*comparative data for postgraduate programmes is not available.
Supporting your employability
Outside of your course, our Careers Service is here to support you as you discover (and re-discover) your strengths and what matters to you. We are here for you throughout your university journey as you work towards a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Connect with our careers team
- Find part-time work that you can combine with your studies.
- Find, or be, a mentor or get involved with our peer-to-peer support scheme.
- Develop your business ideas through our entrepreneurial support network.
- Get professional advice and support with career planning, CV writing and interview top tips.
- Meet potential employers at our careers fairs.
- Find rewarding volunteering opportunities to help you discover more about what makes you tick, and build your CV.
Whatever your career needs, we are here to help. And that's not just while you are a student, our support carries on after you've graduated.
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Fees and costs
UK (full-time) 9,250 GBP
International (full-time) 15,300 GBP
Social work bursary information
The NHS Business Service Authority administers social work bursaries, for further information and to check your eligibility visit their webpage.
The fees listed here are for the first year of full-time study if you start your course in the academic year 2023–24 .
You will pay fees for each year of your course. Some fees may increase each year.
UK undergraduate and some postgraduate fees are regulated by the UK government and increases will not be more than the maximum amount allowed. Course fees that are not regulated may increase each year by up to 5% or RPI (whichever is higher).
If you are studying part-time your fee will usually be calculated based on the number of modules that you take.
- Fees, bursaries, scholarships and government funding info for UK and international undergraduate and postgraduate students
- Student finance and budgeting while studying
- About the university’s fees by checking our student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).
You may have to pay additional costs during your studies. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. A summary of the costs that you may be expected to pay, and what is included in your fees, while studying a course in the School of Humanities and Social Science in the 2022–23 academic year are listed here.
- For some assessments you may be required to print large format posters for presentations at a cost of £5–£10 per poster.
- Most coursework submissions are electronic but you may wish to print notes and should budget up to £100 for printing.
- Course books are available from the university but you may wish to budget up to £200 to buy your own copies.
- Some courses include an optional placement module for which students will need to cover the costs of travel to and from the placement and DBS checks as required.
- Supervision fees: £1,170 for each full year. Estimated based on £45 per hour with fortnightly meetings. In some agencies, supervision will be provided at no cost. Where students have to pay, the cost will only begin when supervision begins.
- Personal counselling/therapy: £2,000–£2,800 over the course. Estimated based on £40 per hour.
- For a number of courses you will have the opportunity to attend field trips and off-site visits. These are optional and are not required to pass your course but under normal circumstances we would expect a budget of approximately £150 per year will cover the costs of particular trips. The amount spent would be based on location and number of trips taken.
- You will have access to computers and necessary software, however many students choose to buy their own hardware, software and accessories. The amount spent will depend on your individual choices but this expenditure is not essential to pass any of our courses.
You can chat with our enquiries team if you have a question or need more information. Or check our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as more information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status.
Location and student life
Campus where this course is taught
Two miles north of Brighton seafront, Moulsecoomb is our largest campus and student village. Moulsecoomb has been transformed by a recent development of our estate. On campus you'll find new Students' Union, events venue, and sports and fitness facilities, alongside the library and student centre.
Over 900 students live here in our halls, Moulsecoomb Place and the new Mithras halls – Brunswick, Goldstone, Hanover, Preston and Regency.
Moulsecoomb has easy access to buses and trains and to all the exciting things happening in our home city.
We guarantee an offer of a place in halls of residence to all eligible students . So if you applied for halls by the deadline you are guaranteed a room in our halls of residence.
Halls of residence We have self-catered halls on all our campuses, within minutes of your classes, and other options that are very nearby.
You can apply for any of our halls, but the options closest to your study location are:
- Mithras Halls are stylish new high-rises in the heart of the student village at our revitalised Moulsecoomb campus with ensuite rooms for more than 800 students.
- Varley Park is a popular dedicated halls site, offering a mix of rooms and bathroom options at different prices. It is around two miles from Moulsecoomb campus and four miles from the city centre, and is easy to get to by bus.
Want to live independently? We can help – find out more about private renting .
Modern accommodation at Moulsecoomb
Relaxing in halls near the campus
Student Union social space at Moulsecoomb
The city of Brighton & Hove is a forward-thinking place which leads the way in the arts, technology, sustainability and creativity. You'll find living here plays a key role in your learning experience.
Brighton is a leading centre for creative media technology, recently named the startup capital of the UK.
The city is home to a national 5G testbed and over 1,000 tech businesses. The digital sector is worth over £1bn a year to the local economy - as much as tourism.
All of our full-time undergraduate courses involve work-based learning - this could be through placements, live briefs and guest lectures. Many of these opportunities are provided by local businesses and organisations.
It's only 50 minutes by train from Brighton to central London and less than 40 minutes to Eastbourne. There are also daily direct trains to Bristol, Bedford, Cambridge, Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Moulsecoomb campus map
Support and wellbeing
Your course team
Your personal academic tutor, course leader and other tutors are all there to help you with your personal and academic progress. You'll also have a student support and guidance tutor (SSGT) who can help with everything from homesickness, managing stress or accommodation issues.
Your academic skills
Our Brighton Student Skills Hub gives you extra support and resources to develop the skills you'll need for university study, whatever your level of experience so far.
Your mental health and wellbeing
As well as being supported to succeed, we want you to feel good too. You'll be part of a community that builds you up, with lots of ways to connect with one another, as well having access to dedicated experts if you need them. Find out more .
Sport at Brighton
Sport Brighton brings together our sport and recreation services. As a Brighton student you'll have use of sport and fitness facilities across all our campuses and there are opportunities to play for fun, fitness or take part in serious competition.
Find out more about Sport Brighton .
Our sports scholarship scheme is designed to help students develop their full sporting potential to train and compete at the highest level. We offer scholarships for elite athletes, elite disabled athletes and talented sports performers.
Find out more about sport scholarships .
"My interview for the University of Brighton was my first out of the five choices. I had such a positive experience, so this played a big part in my final decision. Also, having lived in a small town my whole life, I wanted to explore somewhere different, and when talking to family, family friends and friends, they only told me positive things about Brighton.
"Being on the social work course has already allowed me to become aware of the inequalities in society that might not have been obvious to me before and how this impacts the everyday lives of individuals. I already feel that learning about the many inequalities and how they are embedded into society has made me realise how unjust society is. I chose social work because I have a strong sense of social justice and care about the inequalities people face. Therefore, I believe the course will make a difference to my future and career because it will give me more insight into what goes on in the world and why people need Social Workers to help support them and advocate for them.
"I also believe that this particular course will help me grow as an individual because I have to continuously develop my knowledge, skills, and values, which all help shape the person I am.
"So far in the course, I have learnt a lot about myself as a person, and as a social work student, for example, skills and values I would not have thought about before. Whether personal or professional, I have learned how they can interlink with one another and how I can continue developing these and use them throughout my degree and future career to be an excellent practitioner.
"The course allows me to view situations and experiences with a more open mind because I must practice holistically. Therefore, when presented with concerns in everyday life and my career, I will learn to look at the individual and their surroundings, which could also contribute to their problems. "For someone wanting to apply for a social work degree, my top bit of advice would be for you to really want to go into this type of profession. It is a great course to study; however, it is challenging and demanding, and you must be able to see the benefits throughout for yourself to want to carry on and succeed.
"I guess it is like anything; if you really want something, you will continue to succeed and take on anything thrown at you. I have learnt that social work is not like many other courses. You cannot just skip lectures, not participate in class and tasks set, and everything you are asked to do will all contribute to helping you as an individual, a student, and a future social worker.
"If you love a challenge and to be put to the test, keeping you on your toes, social work is the course for you.
"As a first-year student, the support I have received has been excellent. I studied social work on an access course the year before I started university and was told I would not receive much help. However, from experience, I now know this is not the case.
"My 1:1 tutor and course tutors have been very supportive, especially when I struggled to cope. Having their support meant I was able to contact student services, who have also really helped and provided me with great advice, which I can apply throughout university and my personal life."
"I have wanted to be a social worker for 30 years so doing this course feels like a dream coming true. The course will stand me in good stead for practice.
"To anyone thinking about applying for this course I would say 'Do it', it is a great course. I like all the teaching staff. There is a nice difference in the way they teach. All staff are friendly, approachable, and easy to learn from. The lectures are good. The support staff are helpful too.
"I am on my placement in statutory children’s social work services and love it. I feel I have really landed on my feet with the team I am working with and really hope I will get a permanent job with them in the future. The work is varied and interesting with great support from other professionals. It is demanding and fast paced which suits me. I learn something every day…amazing."
"I chose this course because I have had an interest in becoming a social worker since leaving sixth form, I have always liked the idea of being able to help people in a way that makes a difference in their lives. I feel that I will be able to do this once I have completed this course.
"I have always wanted to go to the University of Brighton. It is close to my family home and I enjoy the area.
"The course will give me the ability to fulfil the role of social worker or other similar professions, it has provided me with key ideas of what a social worker needs to do and how to do it. It has provided me with an idea of the work that I will be doing when I qualify and has helped me with to see the different aspects of social work and social care in general.
"The teaching has been great, with a variety of staff members, they are happy to help if you have a question or are struggling with anything. Tutors are great for one to ones where you can discuss any difficulties your may have, they can help to talk through this to make it clear and give you guidance on how to move forward.
"I would say that if you have a passion to make a difference and you want to be able to support people to improve their situations then social work would be good. It is a good course that provides lots of information and helps in building an understanding of how to fulfil the role of a social worker.
"I am on my first placement, it has been in a residential home for adolescent children with behaviour an education needs. It has various locations in East Sussex. There is no average day, some days can be very busy and others are more relaxed. It involves encouraging the young people to meet their education needs, attend therapy, be independent and to manage their emotions. They work with families where possible to improve relationships between the young people and their families.
"The placement has been great for putting theory in to practice, this is what I was worried about at the start of my placement but you are offered support throughout, this is great and helps you to reaffirm what you are learning. By being on placement it helps in building skills such as communication, interviewing and general interventions.
"Placement is what you make of it, use the resources that you have, talk to your practice educator, tutor and supervisors, they are a great way o ensure that you are getting what you need out of the placement. The more open and willing you are to complete task on placement the better the experience you will have.
"I chose the Social Work course because it allows students to have well rounded training and provides an opportunity to see what the profession is really like in the placements embedded within the course.
"I chose to study at the University of Brighton because I always heard positive things about it from other people and from the reaction, I knew it was an excellent choice to make. I believe the course will set me up well by the end of the three years at university as it provides detailed information and experiences to encounter before entering the professional career.
"I am currently enjoying the law module the most, as it is interesting and insightful to understand a vital aspect within the profession.
"The teaching has been great, and the staff are supportive to students and seem to care about the wellbeing of their students.
"I would say to anyone thinking about applying to go for it! It is a highly interesting and challenging course, and it gives you a wide range of knowledge to set you up for the career. "I have just completed the first shadowing placement and I really enjoyed it as it was a realistic insight into the profession, and I am grateful that the course offers the opportunity for it. My placement was in the family support team in East Sussex County Council based in Lewes. In a typical day within the office, I would read case notes, family assessments, child protection plans, police reports and pre-birth assessments. When I was not in the office, I went to a few houses visits each day or primary schools to visit young children and I encountered many different types of families. "I definitely learnt a lot on my short placement that I was not aware about prior to going, as sometimes it is best to see it in action to get a real understanding. To anyone who is unsure about the placement option, I would say to not worry as much about it and instead look forward to it. I was very nervous before my placement however it really opened my eyes, and I was able to gain so much from it."
"I chose social work because I wanted a progression on from care work, I wanted to have a career that had a positive impact on my community. And I chose the University of Brighton as I had heard about the student support being good and I had friends and some family in the city.
"The campus has a nice atmosphere, the library is really good and there is good support available from the lecturers if needed.
"My 70-day placement with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership has been amazing. I really enjoy it."
"My typical day may include: supporting cooking or gardening groups for a range of adults and young people with different support needs, arranging referrals to the therapeutic groups, contacting service users for evaluations of our services, and assisting colleagues with admin tasks." In terms of what you gain from being on placement and out of the classroom, you get to do practical person-facing jobs, supervision which has massively supported my learning, and you are able to just do the social work!
"The support for placement from the uni involved lots of prep lectures. We have regular group tutorials where we discuss placement and how things are going."
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Find out more about how the academic year and degree courses are organised , and about learning and assessment activities you might get to grips with at Brighton. More specific information about this course is detailed in the programme specification (linked below). You can find out also about the support we offer to help you adjust to university life.
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Social Development MA
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Poverty and inequality, aid and humanitarianism, human rights and empowerment, education and employment, sustainability and climate change are some of the key development challenges facing the world today.
On this course, you’ll gain the analytical skills and global perspective to work towards solutions. You’ll:
- explore the broad field of international development
- specialise in topics ranging from childhood, youth and education to sustainable livelihoods, mobility and migration
- benefit from our global network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals
- have opportunities to network with development practitioners around the world.
In the School of Global Studies , you’ll be part of a diverse and vibrant community of development scholars and students from around the world. There’s an exciting calendar of public events including talks by key thinkers, leaders and activists in development. You’ll also have access to student-led conferences and social events.
This course is designed for you to focus on social dynamics and human relations, which sit at the heart of all development processes. There’s a need in policy-making and practice for expertise in the social dynamics of development. When you graduate, you’ll be ideally placed to respond to this need as you start your career in the field of development.
We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to government or regulatory requirements, or unanticipated staff changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
With the on-going refugee crisis and rising poverty, this MA is very relevant. You learn about diaspora communities, postconflict reconciliation, sustainable development and participation as empowerment.” Tala Hassoun Social Development MA
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English language requirements
High level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).
Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements and find out more about IELTS
Alternative English language qualifications
Proficiency tests, cambridge advanced certificate in english (cae).
176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.
We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.
You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.
You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency
Pearson (PTE Academic)
62 overall, including at least 59 in all four skills.
Check your Pearson (PTE Academic) qualification meets all of our language requirements and find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)
88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.
Check your TOEFL (iBT) qualification meets all of our language requirements and find out more about TOEFL (iBT)
The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.
English language qualifications
Grade C or above in English Language.
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.
Grade C or above in English.
Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.
Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.
GCSE or IGCSE
Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).
Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate
If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.
If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.
Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)
The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%
Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70%
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
English A or English B at grade 5 or above.
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
Grades A - C in English language
Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level
If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.
If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.
The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).
West African Senior School Certificate
Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).
Select to see the list of exempt english-speaking countries.
If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.
You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.
Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.
List of exempt countries:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.
English language support
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course
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Admissions information for applicants
If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us
For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.
Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out about Pre-Masters routes
1 August 2024 (international), 1 September 2024 (UK)
We strongly recommend an earlier application where possible, as some courses are in high demand and may close before the above dates. Find out more at How to apply for a Masters course
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. For details about the part-time course, contact us .
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
- Concepts of Social Development
- Critical Debates in Development Theory
- Research Methods and Professional Skills
- Dissertation (Social Development)
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
- Activism for Development and Social Justice
- Childhood and Youth in the Contemporary World
- Critical Debates in Environment and Development
- Doing Gender in Theory and Practice
- Environment, Resources, Security
- Forced Labour, Trafficking and Global Mobility
- Global Laboratories: Biotech, Life and Society
- Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
- Humanitarianism in Global Politics
- Indigenous and Minority Rights
- Issues in Forced Migration and Displacement
- Knowledge, Power and Resistance
- Managing Economic Instability
- Migrant Transnationalism, Refugees and Diaspora
- Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy
- Re-imagining Humanitarian Responses to Displacement
- Sex, Work and Reproduction
- Socioeconomic rights: economic violence, social justice and human rights law
- The Global Governance of Education and Conflict
- The Political Economy of Development
- Women and Human Rights
- Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)
To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can help you:
- find an employer
- draft an application
- prepare for interviews.
Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements
We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.
Check back in January 2024 for the modules running in the academic year 2024/25.
American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid
If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid
The School of Global Studies is proud to have a diverse and research-active faculty. We’re:
- involved in cutting-edge development research and practice
- committed to engaged scholarship, with experience in policy-making and consultancy
- using our latest insights and research to underpin our teaching.
Dr Paul Boyce
Reader in Anthropology and International Development
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Dr Andrea Brock
Lecturer in International Relations
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Prof Grace Carswell
Professor of Geography and International
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Prof Michael Collyer
Professor of Geography
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Prof Vinita Damodaran
Professor of South Asian History
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Dr Ida Danewid
Lecturer in Gender and Global Political Economy
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Prof Geert De Neve
Head of School Global Studies
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Dr Demet Dinler
Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
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Prof James Fairhead
Professor of Social Anthropology
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Prof Anne-Meike Fechter
Professor of Anthropology and Internatio
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Dr Melissa Gatter
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Dr Paul Gilbert
Senior Lecturer in International Development
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Prof Elizabeth Harrison
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
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Prof Pamela Kea
Professor of Anthropology
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Dr Evan Killick
Reader in Anthropology and InternationalDevelopment
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Prof Dominic Kniveton
Professor of Climate Science & Society
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Dr Anna Laing
Senior Lecturer in International Develop
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Dr Mark Leopold
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Prof Alan Lester
Professor of Historical Geography
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Dr Julie Litchfield
Senior Lecturer in Economics
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Dr Lyndsay McLean
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Dr James McMurray
Lecturer in Social Anthropology
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Dr Elizabeth Mills
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Prof Peter Newell
Professor of International Relations
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Prof David Ockwell
Professor of Sustainability and International development
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Prof Filippo Osella
Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies
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Dr Suda Perera
Lecturer in International Development
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Dr Rebecca Prentice
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Dr Dinah Rajak
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Prof Ben Rogaly
Professor of Human Geography
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Dr Pedram Rowhani
Reader in Geography
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Prof Anke Schwittay
Professor in Anthropology & Internationaational Development
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Dr Sarah Scuzzarello
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Prof Benjamin Selwyn
Professor of International Relations and International Development
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Prof Maya Unnithan
Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology
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Dr Tahir Zaman
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
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Fees and scholarships
How much does it cost.
If you study part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent full-time fee in each year of study. Your second-year fee – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 3% increase (subject to rounding).
If you’re a self-funded international student, you’re required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Find out more about Masters tuition fee deposits
Note about additional costs.
Please note that all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Activities may be subject to unavoidable change in response to Government advice. We’ll let you know at the earliest opportunity. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out how to budget for student life .
This course has an optional placement. Students must pay for their own travel costs.
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How can I fund my course?
Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.
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£3,000 scholarships available to environmental influencers bringing about real-world behaviour change
$10,000 USD scholarship for a national or citizen of the USA
5 full scholarships available for Masters students from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria
£2,000 award for previous Sussex graduates returning to study a Masters degree
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for applicants who are nationals of Bangladesh
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for applicants who are nationals of Egypt
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for 2024 Sussex graduates progressing directly to a Masters at Sussex
£10,000 scholarship for an applicant from China
£10,000 scholarship for an applicant from Indonesia
£10,000 scholarship for an applicant from Mexico
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for applicants who are nationals of India
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for applicants who are nationals of Nigeria
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for applicants who are nationals of Pakistan
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for applicants who are nationals of Turkey
Unlimited £3,000 scholarships for applicants who are nationals of Vietnam
Working while you study
Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work
You’ll be qualified to work in government, community and international development organisations across the world.
Throughout the course we focus on developing both your academic and practical skills – including analytical, writing and presentation skills. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of social science research methods and gain independent research skills.
My dissertation thesis sparked an interest in pursuing further field research into the postsocialist and postconflict socioeconomic transition in Bosnia and Herzegovina .” DEJANA MEKANIC Social Development MA
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2024 Best Social Work Schools in Massachusetts
College Factual reviewed 13 schools in Massachusetts to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of social work. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,165 degrees in social work during the 2020-2021 academic year.
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Boston University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in social work. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #54 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.
There were about 324 social work students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, social work degree recipients generally earn around $40,678 in the first five years of their career.
Simmons University is a good decision for students interested in a degree in social work. Located in the city of Boston, Simmons is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #90 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Simmons is a great university overall.
There were roughly 574 social work students who graduated with this degree at Simmons in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the social work major at Simmons University get $6,392 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.
Boston College is a good option for students interested in a degree in social work. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #60 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.
There were about 273 social work students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available. Social Work degree recipients from Boston College get an earnings boost of about $7,293 above the typical income of social work majors.
University of Massachusetts - Boston is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in social work. Located in the city of Boston, UMass Boston is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #433 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UMass Boston is a great university overall.
There were about 49 social work students who graduated with this degree at UMass Boston in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the social work program make about $41,911 for their early career.
Located in the suburb of Northampton, Smith is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of #238 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Smith is a great college overall.
There were roughly 127 social work students who graduated with this degree at Smith in the most recent year we have data available. Those social work students who get their degree from Smith College make $5,884 more than the standard social work graduate.
Anna Maria is a small private not-for-profit college located in the rural area of Paxton. This college ranks 35th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.
There were about 28 social work students who graduated with this degree at Anna Maria in the most recent year we have data available.
Located in the large suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater State is a public university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #529 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Bridgewater State is a great university overall.
There were approximately 152 social work students who graduated with this degree at Bridgewater State in the most recent year we have data available. Those social work students who get their degree from Bridgewater State University earn $2,698 more than the standard social work graduate.
Westfield is a small public university located in the suburb of Westfield. This university ranks 33rd out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.
There were approximately 109 social work students who graduated with this degree at Westfield in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, social work degree recipients generally earn an average of $42,911 at the beginning of their careers.
Salem State is a medium-sized public university located in the large suburb of Salem. This university ranks 37th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.
There were approximately 175 social work students who graduated with this degree at Salem State in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the social work program make an average of $43,082 in their early career salary.
Bristol is a medium-sized public college located in the suburb of Fall River. This college ranks 56th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.
There were about 31 social work students who graduated with this degree at Bristol in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the social work program report average early career wages of $26,739.
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Notes and References
- The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
- The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System ( IPEDS ) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
- Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s ( College Scorecard ).
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