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The MA Post-Qualifying Professional Practice has been designed to support the continuing professional development of qualified practitioners who are out in the field practising as social workers.

This is a programme with a flexible structure, based on professional standards, qualified practitioner CPD and employer stakeholder partnership needs. This is for qualified practitioners working with children and young people or with adults or people in mental health settings. It incorporates introductory modules of study towards the consolidation of practice and of the Practice Educator Professional Standards. This programme enables eligible social workers and allied professionals to achieve post graduate diplomas at the level of experienced professional practice and to complete a full Masters programme at the level of advanced professional practice.

The MA Post Qualifying Professional Practice offers several exit points and offers specialist awards, including a new PG Certificate in Practice Education, and specialist PG Diplomas in Work with Children and Families, and Work with Adults. 

Once you have qualified as a social worker, you may decide to develop areas of specialism and complete various professional practice short courses such as Practice Educator 2 and Best Interest Assessor Depravation Of Liberties Safeguards. These can be stand-alone courses, but we have also come up with the notion of building them into a master’s qualification framework. In this way, the courses are considered as modules within the MA.

For Practitioners with a PG Diploma in Social Work (e.g. Step-Up to Social Work), the Professional Practice Innovation Project module offers the opportunity for the student to delve into their chosen area of specialist practice and top up to a MA in Post Qualifying Professional Practice with this 60 credit research project.

It is open to you if you have been in post-qualifying social work practice for at least 18 months for ASYE Consolidating Social Work Practice, and 2 years of experience for more advanced specialisms such as Practice Education.

What makes this course different


Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

All of the social work courses at the University of East London have been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Social Work. They have received positive feedback from both organisations.

Guidance from UEL past students

Guidance from UEL past students

You will receive guidance from our past students. Many of the university's qualified social workers work in the local London boroughs and come back to help supervise our qualifying students.

HCPC registered

HCPC-registered team members

Every member of the social work team is HCPC-registered, understands and has direct experience of social work practice and is researching in their area of expertise. Not all universities can say the same about their academics.


The Practice Educator courses are for social workers who wish to supervise students qualifying for their Social Work, BA or Social Work, MA degrees when they are on placement. The fees for this module are £0 if a UEL student is offered a placement. We run these courses in partnership with our placement opportunities. It is a regulatory body requirement that our practice educators are qualified to an appropriate level.




The Best Interests Assessor: Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (BIADOLS) course qualifies you to assess people in certain situations, such as in residential care or hospital, where their liberty may be in question, as well as their mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. Demand for this important qualification has grown as the result of a change in the law. 

Another short (postgraduate diploma) course is the Approved Mental Health Practitioner course, runs externally by the University of East London in partnership with the London Borough of Enfield. This will also give you 60 credits towards your master's qualification.


Each module on this course is assessed separately. We assess you via coursework, assignments, project work, portfolios, group work and, for some modules, through mentor reports.


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Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

Our Centre for Social Work Research (CSWR) generates knowledge in social work thinking and methods. It also helps and encourages more social workers to become involved in research to improve shared knowledge.

Our founding goal is to shed light on underlying processes in practice and policy-making. We also work to strengthen the evidence base for 'relationship-based social work'. This places the client-practitioner relationship at the heart of practice.

Current research themes include relational approaches to people at risk of self-harm or suicide, safeguarding and child protection, social work and education as well as the transformation of welfare in the UK.

Dr Jo Finch, Course Leader of the MA Social Work course, is deputy director of the CSWR and a research specialist in the field of practice education (practice learning, assessment and suitability) with a focus on struggling or failing students. Her work has been published in the British Journal of Social Work and the European Journal of Social Work in Practice.

Paul Adams, Course Leader of the Youth and Community Work MA, is involved with a number of youth work organisations, including national government working groups. He's also a trustee of Y Care International - an international relief and development agency working in partnership with YMCAs throughout the world to help them respond better to the needs of the most disadvantaged young people.

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Not every social work practitioner wants further qualifications in their specialised field, but they can help your career progression. Moving on to the Practice Educator courses is often viewed as a step towards a management post. This means that we are constantly looking to train new Practice Educators who can supervise our social work students out on their placements.

The course thrives on and feeds into the partnership that we have with our service users, local authorities and practitioners, all of whom are involved in the teaching and development of students.

You will benefit from a uniquely east London experience that will help your progression in social work posts locally.

Many of our qualified social workers find jobs in the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. We are proud of the continuing contact we have with our former students and we invite them to come back and supervise our qualifying students.

The course has been designed to take you forward in your social work practice. In addition to the short courses, there is a specialist children and families or social work with adults module that will give you insight into that field.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.