The University of Manchester first introduced a Certificate in Social Work in 1912. In the late 1920s, it seems to have been superseded by a Certificate in Public Administration and a Diploma in Social Study. The original certificate was, according to the prospectus (1914), intended as 'preparation for work in connection with University Settlements, Charity Organisation Societies and Guilds of Help or as social secretaries or officials of those departments of the public service which deal with social questions'. A Certificate in Psychiatric Social Work was introduced in 1946/7, and the qualification was later raised to the status of a Diploma.
Source: Dr James Peters, University Archivist, The University of Manchester, 03/01/2018