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U.K. Certificate Program

U.K. Post-Graduate Certificate Program

We are currently not taking applications for this program, as all of our positions are filled. We will update this page when new job opportunities are open for new applicants**

Designed for MSW graduates who want to gain work experience overseas and learn about social work in an international setting, the United Kingdom Post-Graduate Certificate Program offers participants a two-year immersion focused on Great Britain's social welfare profession and its social and cultural scene. The program complements the educational objectives of an MSW degree with an intercultural experience that provides opportunities for personal growth and professional development. In turn, the social welfare agencies acquire social workers with advanced training in social work practice and research skills that can be utilized as part of their employment. Our students' strong backgrounds in child welfare and mental health make them excellent casework managers. Many of them are asked by their councils to remain in the UK after their initial contracts expire.

Successful completion of the program, which includes a comparative research project, will lead to a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Social Work Practice from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

What participants will gain:

  • An understanding of the U.K.’s social welfare system, particularly its impact on individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • New perspectives of the social work profession by serving as social workers in the U.K.
  • Competence in conducting comparative research at the international level.
  • Opportunities to develop valuable international networks with colleagues and agencies in the U.K.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the program, participants will earn 15 hours of continuing education hours from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Successful completion of the program includes a comparative research project that will lead to a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Social Work Practice from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Who can participate?

This two-year program will be of particular interest to MSW program graduates who want to extend their knowledge of social work and social policy in a comparative international context. Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited school of social work. An individual admissions interview is required. Interested students scheduled to graduate within the academic year are also encouraged to apply, although the degree must be completed before the job placement is finalized.

Will I be paid for my practice placement?

Yes. Once you have secured a placement with a social welfare agency in the U.K., you will receive a monthly living wage during your two-year placement. Please note that the salary range is based on the particular agency, town, and country.


This program uses a selection process for admission. Applicants who meet all requirements listed below are invited to apply. Admission to the certificate program is contingent upon the following:

  • MSW Degree
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Completed Application Form, Resume/CV and Cover Letter
  • $250 Non-refundable Application Fee

Is it necessary for me to be registered as a social worker in the U.K.?

Yes, you will need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council immediately following your acceptance of a job placement. The international registration process can take up to 16 weeks (4 months), so it is important that you begin the process soon after accepting a position.