Built upon long-standing partnerships with employment 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
- 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.
- Research Methods and Dissertation
- Advanced Practice in Child Protection and Family Support
- Work with Children and Young People with Sexually Harmful Behaviours
- Practice Educator Standards (PEPS) 2
- Supervision of Professional Practice
- Inter-professional Working: Power, Identity and Organisational Culture
- Understanding Personality Disorders: Implications for Parents, Parenting and Child Development
- Working with Domestic Violence: A Skills Based Course for Advanced Practitioners
- Values and Ethics for Advanced Practitioners, Leaders and Managers
- Risk and Decision-Making
- Work Based Learning: Advanced Practice and Leadership
- Leading and Managing in Systems
- Advanced Practice - Safeguarding Adults at Risk
- Advanced Practice - Putting Personalisation into Practice
- Systemic Practice with Families & Organisations: Course 1
- Systemic Practice with Families & Organisations: Course 2
- Systemic Practice with Families & Organisations: Course 3
- Practice Development Educator (PDE)
- Practice Educator Professional Standards Stage 1 (PEPS 1)
Teaching & assessment
Teaching and assessment on this course is by a variety of methods (depending on modules chosen) including:
- Direct observation
- Critical evaluation
- Written assignments
- Portfolios of practice evidence
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.
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
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start. Find out what scores we require.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students (PDIS), a one-year full-time programme that will prepare you for postgraduate study in the UK. For more information please see here.
Your future career
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.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £
International students tuition fee per year**: £
Other essential costs***:
20 credit modules: £595
40 credit modules: £970
40 credit work-based learning modules: £765
20 credit modules for students in qualifying placements: £150
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email email@example.com for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.