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MSc Social Work

Course Description

The role of the social worker is vital to the local community and society in general. Working with people of all ages who may be socially excluded, vulnerable or undergoing some level of crisis, your role will be to guide, support and enable the service user to eventually support themselves as much as possible.

This full-time degree will provide you with the underpinning knowledge, values and skills required by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to practise as a qualified social worker. You will be prepared for practice in all areas of social work, including child care, child protection, criminal justice and community care, and in a range of settings, including community, residential and group care.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/social-work-and-social-sciences/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/social-work

Course detail

This long-established course has an enviable reputation for the high quality of its teaching and support, as well as the high level of employment achieved by its graduates.

In two years, graduates can qualify with a Postgraduate Certificate allowing them to practice in the UK.

To graduate with a Masters in Social Work requires students to complete a dissertation. The Masters in Social Work is an academic qualification that is a useful for applicants who would like to work abroad.

Year 1

•Contexts of Social Work Practice: Law, Sociology and Social Policy
•Development, Behaviour and Interpersonal Processes
•Social Work Theory, Professional Ethics and Research Methods
•Readiness for Practice
•Assessed Practice and Analysis 1

Year 2

•Community Care and Vulnerable User Groups
•Change Process, Group Care Contexts and Institutional Experience
•Criminal Justice, Children and Families
•Substance Misuse
•Assessed Practice and Analysis 2

Year 3


Placements and accreditations

You will undertake two mandatory placements, one of 80 days and one of 90 days. You have the opportunity to take the first placement overseas in conjunction with a partner university.

How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at http://www.ucas.com/students/apply.


For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

Visit the MSc Social Work page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The School of Applied Social Studies has a number of merit scholarships on offer to students wishing to study at the School from September 2015. Please read through the following information carefully. Scholarships also available from some national government funding bodies.We have the following awards available for the academic year 2015/16:
- MSc Social Work: Depending on demand the awards will be between £1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant. Course commences September 2015.
- MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy: Depending on demand the awards will be between £1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant. Course commences September 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant


Eligible Courses for the Merit Scholarships:
- MSc Social Work
- MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and EnergyFirst, you will have accepted a place on one of the above MSc courses.Second, you will either be an international or UK / EU applicant for full-time or distance learning mode of delivery.Third, you or your family will be responsible for paying the full-cost of the course.If you meet this criterion then you can complete an application form and return it to the School.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a degree in a social science discipline. Other qualifications and experience will be considered, with entry being subject to the University's judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award.All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining IELTS 7, prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Last Updated

23 January 2017

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