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MSc Social Work Studies

Gain the skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker. We’re ranked 1st in the UK for Social Work (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

Social Work Studies

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Start date February
  • Duration MSc full-time: 28 months; Postgraduate diploma full-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
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Accreditations

Scottish Social Services Council

The Scottish Social Services Council accreditation

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This is an integrated academic and professional course which develops the intellectual and practical skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker.

We promote an understanding of social work which is informed by social justice and human rights, a profession that acknowledges the links between 'public issues' and 'private troubles' and seeks to address both. We value social work practice that has prevention at its heart and recognises the importance of collective approaches, actively engaging with and learning from user movements.

Our course is taught by qualified social workers including world leaders in their research field, and academics who maintain close connections with practice. You'll experience inspirational contributions to teaching by people who have used social work services, as well as from practicing social workers.

You’ll enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes (30 to 65 students) with creative approaches to teaching and assessment as well as detailed feedback on your progress. On your practice placements, you’ll be supported and assessed by Practice Educators who are qualified or undertaking their Practice Educator training.

At the end of your studies, you’ll qualify as a social worker who is knowledgeable, skilled, analytical and ethical in your approach to working with individuals, families, groups and communities. The postgraduate qualification in Social Work Studies is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council and is recognised throughout the UK.

Top reasons to study with us

Successful completion of this course will mean you’re eligible to be registered by the Scottish Social Services Council as a qualified social worker.

The MSc is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation undertaken at the end of the Diploma course. Both degrees are recognised throughout the UK.

You’ll undertake two full-time supervised practice placements which give you the opportunity for classroom-based teaching to be applied in practice. You’ll be supported and assessed by Practice Educators who are qualified or undertaking their Practice Educator training. We’re fortunate to have strong connections with our partner agencies within a 60-mile radius of the University. They provide a range of placements across both statutory and voluntary social work services.

In the Social Work and Social Policy unit of assessment for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework:

  • 24% of our overall research activity was assessed to be world-leading
  • 78% of our overall research activity was assessed to be internationally excellent or world-leading
  • 99% of our outputs were assessed to be internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading
  • 100% of research environment factors assessed as internationally excellent or world leading
  • 100% of our research impact was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent
  • The work of more than 90% of our researchers was assessed
  • We were judged to have the 2nd highest research power in Scotland and 13th highest in the UK
  • We ranked 17th overall in the UK and 3rd in Scotland for our research, with a grade point average of 3.01 (out of 4).

The Faculty of Social Sciences has attracted considerable sums of external research funding from Research Councils, Government, independent and charitable funders, and from the European Commission.

What our students said

Baru Agbortoko
MSc Social Work Studies
Looking back from when I first started the course, I believe I have developed immensely both as an individual and a professional social worker. I am more confident in my ability to engage with people from varied social and cultural backgrounds.
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Matt James
Scotland
MSc Social Work Studies
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and the link between classroom knowledge and practical skills on placements has given me the confidence and experience to apply and work as a newly qualified social worker.
Kris Millar
Scotland
MSc Social Work Studies
I feel ready to enter in to the field of work and I would highly recommend this course to anyone that is passionate about becoming a qualified practitioner.
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