Professional development and careers opportunities Professional development and careers opportunities

These modular Continuing Professional Development programmes can be completed on a part time basis over a maximum period of five years. They offer flexibility so that applicants can determine the pace of study selecting from a range of options to create a coherent programme that meets individual needs and interests.

Most candidates are from social work and sponsored by their employing agency to take the MA Advanced Social Work or MA Mental Health. Some modules are also offered to professionals from a range of disciplines including Health, Law and Education. Multiprofessional education is valued because it helps to foster respect and cooperation between professionals, whilst increasing an understanding of what is special about social work values, knowledge and skills.

Programme Aims

  • To encourage critical and reflective practice
  • To extend and apply at an advanced level the knowledge, values, skills and  theoretical approaches which underpin professional practice (drawing on the QAA Benchmark Statement for social work)
  • To critically appraise and apply research to inform evidence based practice
  • To integrate work based learning with the study and application of theory
  • To foster personal and professional development and the development of others
  • To link academic study with the Professional Capability Framework (PCF), which was introduced in 2012 by the Social Work Reform Board to support social workers' career planning and professional development.

Programme Flexibility

Modules are available for newly qualified social workers and more experienced practitioners and managers and fit accordingly with the Social Work Professional Capability Framework. Students can work towards the full MA (180 credits) or plan a route to the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). Modules are available in the following specialist areas: Children and Families, Work with Adults, Practice Education, Mental Health and Leadership and Management. The modules can be taken on a largely ‘pick and mix' basis and are grouped into specialist areas. We also offer Approved Mental Health Professional Training within the MA Mental Health and Best Interest Assessor Module.

Career Opportunities

Our Continuing Professional Development Master's degrees are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to further their career as a successful practitioner and manager.

Making an Application

If you are new to UEA and wish to enrol on either the whole MA or for individual modules please apply through our online application.

For existing students, please email the Learning and Teaching Service at

If you require assistance with your application then email us at or call 44 (0)1603 591515.


Available Modules:

(Full details of these modules will be posted shortly)

Best Interest Assessor

Adult Social Work Support & Protection

Models of Leadership & Management

Induction, Supervision & Staff Development in Operational Management

Applied Dissertation

Managing Change, Managing People, Managing Risk

Policy, Practice & Evidence in Mental Health

AMHP Programme

Working with Adolescents (South)

Working with Adolescents (North) 

Child & Adolescent Development & Mental Health (South)

Child & Adolescent Development & Mental Health (North)

Interventions in Child & Family Social Work 

Assessed & Support Year in Employment (ASYE)

Working with Men in Families

Child Placement

Practice Education in Social Work (South)

Practice Education in Social Work (North)

Practice Education in social Work - Top Up Module

Introduction to Research Methods: Design & Analysis

Developing Professional Leadership

Home Visiting in Child and Family Social Work

Professional Leadership Skills in Supporting the Person with Dementia and their Carers


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