Queen's University Belfast - Time to care

January 21, 2010

A part-time social work degree is to be introduced at Queen's University Belfast. The five-year bachelor of social work will see students attend classes for two and a half days a week. "People with jobs, families or caring commitments often don't have the time for full-time education," said Mike Tomlinson, head of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. The course will start in September.

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