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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge you will need to give your career in international social welfare and social development a global perspective.

Your studies will provide a broad level of understanding by exposing you to a variety of ways in which social welfare and development issues are approached in diverse contexts, including in the Global South.

Overall, the course focuses on social issues with an international dimension and includes topics such as human rights, social justice, human trafficking and humanitarian aid as well as on the intercultural competence and skills needed to work effectively in international contexts.

My Masters was a journey of highs and lows in what proved to be a difficult year for all, however the amazing teaching and support given by my lecturers was outstanding. I was lucky to be part of a group of students who supported each other and were a joy to have shared my classes with. The content and learning of the course has taught me so much and has changed my perceptions of International Social Work, Humanitarian Aid and Forced Migration. I can honestly say I will look back and have happy memories and will always be indebted to the kindness, support and shared learning experienced with my lecturers and fellow students.

Alison Hudson, student

This course offers global perspectives, theoretical foundations, ethics and practice skills equipping social welfare and social development professionals to respond effectively in diverse country contexts and make global-local connections. It aims to enable students to develop cultural competence and the ability to work effectively in different global contexts.

You will develop critical thinking, enquiry and analysis skills in response to human need encouraging reflectiveness, increasing self-awareness and questioning of models of practice. You will also develop team working skills as you will be exposed to multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse working, both through collaboration with other students and observing practice in community-based projects.
The course aims to equip students with the skills to carry out research and to understand the implications of research for practice. It also provides the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of a specialist subject of your own choosing.

The practice skills element of the course enables students to apply theory to practice and to develop the core skills, initiative and professionalism necessary to carry out social welfare work in a range of settings including through NGOs, government or voluntary organisations.

Hear from Madli, a recent graduate of the course:

"This MA is a transformative programme: from interesting course content to brilliant and dedicated lecturers, this masters will inspire you to become the gem that you are!!"

Hazel Masvikeni, student


  • Study, compare and evaluate different welfare regimes and indigenous responses to human need within a framework of equality and social justice
  • Explore the ethical aspects of your subject including attention to power and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge, theoretical and ethical underpinnings and approaches to international social work and social development in diverse global contexts
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge and critical appreciation of research models and methods, and acquire a high level of skill in evaluating and undertaking research while working within a robust ethical framework
  • Benefit from a programme that will give you the core skills, initiative and professionalism necessary to carry out direct work with clients in a range of settings, for example working for NGOs, governments, the UN or voluntary organisations.

Units

  • Comparative Social Welfare And Cultural Competence - Approaches, Policy And Practice (ASS067-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In International Social Work And Social Development (ASS072-6) Compulsory
  • International Social Welfare And Social Development (ASS066-6) Compulsory
  • Models And Methods Of Social Investigation (ASS010-6) Compulsory
  • Complexities Of Forced Migration, Human Displacement, Trafficking And Refuge (ASS064-6) Optional
  • Gender And International Social Welfare And Social Development (ASS071-6) Optional
  • Human Rights (ASS099-6) Optional
  • Humanitarian Aid, Non-Governmental Organisations (Ngos) And Social Welfare In Disasters (ASS069-6) Optional

Case studies, presentations and tools for reflective learning are used extensively in assessment to ensure a depth of knowledge is evidenced and the ability to communicate complex information in a variety of formats to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. The assessment methods used relate closely to the intended unit learning outcomes as evidenced in the UIFs, and provide scope for choice and creativity in fulfilling them The assessment strategy is intended to enable students to: 1. Show originality in the application of knowledge and understand how the boundaries are advanced through research. 2. Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and show originality in tackling and solving problems, and, Have the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring ethical judgement, critical knowledge reflective skills and cultural competence as well as deep awareness of global and local issues and their connections. Formative assessment is used in the course to support students learning building up their ability to receive and act upon feedback as they progress in their studies. A focus on the application of theory to practice will be expected in this Award and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, political and social underpinnings of practice in global and local contexts. In summary the assessment methods used across the course include: - Written essay assignments - these vary from case studies to appraisal of practice approaches which allow students to demonstrate the ability to provide written evaluation and synthesis in their scholarship. - Oral presentations and posters and a podcast which demonstrate verbal and presentational skills in communicating complex materials/information to diverse audiences The Dissertation allows students to undertake a complex research project in an area of their choice and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations demonstrating the ability to implement and deliver a self-directed, complex and solution focused professional task.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 


There is growing demand in both developed and developing countries for the skills of social welfare and social development professionals. A wide range of job opportunities is available in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors, these include specialist roles in NGOs and various humanitarian organisations as well as the United Nations.

Typical career paths include: International development, international social work, work in the humanitarian sector and human rights work in institutions such as international and local non-governmental organisations, local and central government, United Nations, research posts in the private and public sectors. Job titles include: Social Development Worker, Child Protection Worker, Community Worker, Project Worker, Advocacy Worker.

Some students may take up further study at Professional Doctorate or PhD level.

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student