MSc Social Work Advanced Professional Practice
(Post-Qualifying Social Work Short Courses)

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 allows 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.

How You Study

Teaching and learning on this programme involves a mixture of classroom based activities (including some input from service users and carers). These include class discussions, small group work on relevant case related issues, extensive reading and practice based activities.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least three - four hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Professional Development Centre:

How You Are Assessed

The assessment methods on this programme will vary depending on the module. Methods include a multiple choice examination, written portfolios and assignments.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.


The Best Interests Assessor, Practice Education 1 and Practice Education 2 modules all require students to complete a placement. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while completing a placement.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points. 

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may involve specific clothing, materials or equipment required. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.


Download - PQSW Module Cohort Dates (PDF) 

(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.
(15 credits, Core; PG Cert) This module provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have made the transition from their initial professional qualification to being a professional, confident and competent practitioner able to take appropriate responsibility for their practice.
(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.
(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.