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Advanced Practice MSc

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
3-5 years part time
Department Social Work »

Built upon long-standing partneraships with employer agencies and service user groups, the MSc in Advanced Practice offers post-qualifying education to individuals working in social care or health services. The course provides professionally and academically rigorous postgraduate Social Work training that enables you to critically evaluate theory and utilise research findings in relation to advanced practice and leadership.

We recognise the time pressures that affect social workers and allied professions so this course is delivered via a part-time, modular format, offering flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to continue to work while learning. You are able to exit at different stages throughout of the course, tailoring the qualification to your own professional need and commitments, gaining a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Advanced Practice.

There are four optional pathways through the course, allowing you to specialise in an area of your own experience or interests:

  • Children & Families
  • Adults
  • Leadership & Management
  • Professional Education

Royal Holloway is the largest provider of Continuing Professional Development in Social Work in South East England.  Academics in the Department of Social Work undertake commissioned work in a wide variety of areas, underpinning our taught courses with the latest research.  We are dedicated to supporting learners to become research-literate practitioners and policy/practice literate researchers – breaking down the barriers between research and practice.

Most teaching takes place at Royal Holloway's central London venue, 11 Bedford Square.

Most modules on the MSc in Advanced Practice, can be taken as stand-alone modules (with academic assessment) or for CPD purposes only (no assignment or academic credits but certificates of attendance will be issued).

It is also possible to ‘exit’ the MSc programme with a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits), Post Graduate Diploma (120 credits) or an MSc (180 credits) in Advanced Practice.
At Post Graduate Diploma & MSc level candidates exit with a specialist pathway: Children & Families; Adults; Professional Education or Leadership & Management.

Contact the Department of Social Work for more details.

Teaching and assessment on this course is by a variety of methods (depending on modules chosen) including:

  • Direct observation
  • Recording
  • Critical evaluation
  • Presentation
  • Written assignments
  • Portfolios of practice evidence
  • Dissertation

Contact the Department of Social Work for more details.

Entry criteria:

Social work or other professional qualification in a relevant discipline at degree or masters level. Students must be currently involved in practice or management work in a social care or health setting.  Students with a DipHE (e.g. DipSW) and at least two years practice experience are also able to apply.


English language requirements:

IELTS 7.0 overall with no subscore below 5.5

If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a government-approved Secure Language Test (SELT).

International and EU entry requirements

Please select your country from the drop-down list below

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:

  • Advanced knowledge of the social work role or that of a related social care or health profession
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • The capacity for critical analysis, reflection and reflexivity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines 

For experienced professionals, postgraduate study will assist you in thinking critically and more deeply about your work, its setting and the role that you take within it.

This programme will give you knowledge and skills that are transferable to a wide variety of employment opportunities in advanced practice, leadership and management in social care and health services.  This provides a boost to your career and leadership potential as well as a firm foundation for further postgraduate study and research,

The Department of Social Work runs a Doctorate in Professional Studies (Health and Social Care Practice) in collaboration with St George's and Kingston University, which students who wish to pursue further study are encouraged to participate in. In addition The Department offers a more traditional PhD option for further study.

It is envisaged that some students will be supported by their employing agencies; however students can also be self-funding.

15 credit courses: £500 
30 credit courses: £800 except the Work-based Learning course which is £600

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