Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Social Work or a cognate area. Equivalent qualifications include the Pre-2007 Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work. Where this is not met, applicants must demonstrate that their experience and qualifications enable them to study at postgraduate level through the uptake of references and through completing a reflective assignment on their practice.
Please note that this programme is only open to applicants who are working as Social Care Professionals within NI/UK.
Social work applicants must possess a social work qualification recognised by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, be registered with the Council and should have completed the Assessed Year in Employment or have at least one year post-qualifying experience if graduated prior to the AYE implementation. It is important that Social Work applicants include their NISCC Social Care Registration Number in the Additional Information section of the application form.
The programme is open to prospective applicants from a range of allied health and social care professions and from those employed within the voluntary and statutory sectors.
All non-social work applicants must hold a 2.2 Honours Degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area.
Applicants who do not meet the above entrance requirements are required to satisfy the Programme Director of their suitability for postgraduate study by completing a 2,000-word assignment.
In addition, prospective applicants must have experience of working with clients with a mental disorder and/or substance misuse problems. Where an applicant does not have prior experience of working with people with a mental disorder and /or substance misuse problems they should undertake appropriate preparation before and/or during Module 1 of the training programme.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
English language requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.