Structure and content
The course is part-time and modular, comprising six taught modules with related study and practice assignments. Successful completion of 60 credits can lead to a Postgraduate Certificate, and 120 credits to a Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates for the Master’s degree additionally undertake a dissertation based on an empirical study, submitted after completion of the taught modules. The modules you will study are:
- Managing in the Context of a Social Services Agency (30 credits): Identifies current trends and developments in contemporary social work, the fiscal arrangements for social work, best value and value for money in social work, reviews the manager’s role and accountability, and considers Scottish and UK social services in the international context
- Managing and Supervising Staff (15 credits): Applies leadership theories and management style analysis to your own work, identifies management tasks in relation to ethical issues and anti-oppressive practice, applies employment legislation and policy, analyses methods for the recruitment and selection of staff, monitors the effectiveness of staff appraisal, training and development programmes, and building and managing effective teams
- Collaborative Practice (15 credits): Helps you to apply organisation theory, consider the impact of organisational culture on service delivery, and explore the challenges and opportunities of collaborative practice
- Managing Change and Innovation (30 credits): Helps you to apply theories of change management in your organisational context, plan, implement and evaluate innovation, analyse effective leadership strategies for managing change and transition, and explore meaningful ways of strengthening service user and carer involvement in service planning and evaluation
- Evidence Informed Practice and Evaluation (15 credits) and Research Methods and Application (15 credits): Prepares you to become more research ‘minded’. You will explore the nature of evidence and develop a critical approach to the understanding of research and data collection. These two modules will provide a foundation for the undertaking of your dissertation
This course is delivered by staff in the Social Work Section of the School of Applied Social Science. This is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in sociology, social policy and criminology, social work, dementia and housing studies and a number of specialist centres. It has a strong academic reputation in all these areas.
Delivery and assessment
Each semester will involve the equivalent of eight teaching days at the University. These are spread over four months with attendance at University on two consecutive days per month, September to December, and February to May. The teaching day consists of seminar presentations, group discussion and small group work. The course makes substantial use of the management experience you as students bring with you and your daily work provides the evidence of practice competence as a manager that is integral to assessment for the academic award. This course is delivered by staff in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) team within the Social Work Section of the School of Applied Social Science.
On this course you share your learning with international students registered for the MSc Applied Studies (Management of Social Welfare Organisations) and for three of the six modules you will be joined by students studying across a range of Applied Studies courses with a focus on social service provision. Joint teaching works to the advantage of all students by promoting challenge, diversity and exploration of assumptions and ways of working. Academic and management practice assignments form the assessment for each module, the practice being drawn from your employment.
Comprehensive reading lists are provided for each module.