Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Whether you're considering continuing your social work or counselling study post-degree, returning to study after work, or looking to study alongside your career, we have something for you. We currently offer the following postgraduate opportunities: 

Social Work

This is a taught Masters which incorporates the professional qualification in Social Work. 

Social Work is a practice-based profession which engages people and groups to address complex life challenges and enhance well being. The social work discipline is underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and practice-based knowledge. Our enthusiastic staff group bring a wide variety of experiences from practice and research which include: child rights, gerontology, protection and safeguarding and the value base of social work.

Modular - Part time

The Social Work Department at Keele University is part of the North West Midlands Teaching Partnership (NWSWTP), one of the original four teaching partnerships commissioned by the Department of Education. The Teaching Partnerships are employer-led, sponsored by the Department of Education, and driven by a commitment to the continuing professional development of both registered social workers and social work students; thus raising the quality of social work in direct practice.


The Graduate Certificate in Counselling course is an ideal starting point for those who want to begin to train as counsellors, but do not have traditional academic qualifications and/or previous experience in a helping role. The course is a one year, part-time programme of study which incorporates the three strands of counselling training - counselling theory, counselling practice and personal development. Many students who complete this course progress on to Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is a professional training in counselling.

Full and Part-time
The Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a professional training in counselling. The full-time programme has been running for over 10 years and has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that students who successfully complete the programme gain automatic entry onto the BACP register.