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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    22 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    14 November 2018

Course content


The MSc in Social Work is delivered within the School of Education and Social Work. This reflects the multi-disciplinary context in which social work operates as a profession.

The aims of the course are to equip you to:

  • Work in partnership with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities
  • Work for social justice
  • Act with a strong professional identity and function competently in multi-disciplinary teams and settings
  • Practise as accountable and autonomous professionals
  • Operate with confidence

Carers and Users Group

The social work course works closely and innovatively with their Carers and Users groups. This provides you with crucial perspectives and experiences of service users and carers in the delivery and development of the course.

Research-led teaching

Our academic staff team are committed to sharing their practice and research expertise with students and facilitating each individual journey towards qualification. The staff team contains leading researchers in a broad range of areas including Disability, Criminal Justice Social Work, Child Protection and Relationship-based practice. This expertise underpins the course content and the emphasis on the importance of research informed practice.

Professional accreditation

The MSc in Social Work is professionally accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Practice learning opportunities

The course has links with a broad range of excellent agencies across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. This will provide you with exceptional practice learning opportunities.

Due to the geographical location of the University, you will be able to take advantage of practice learning opportunities across a range of locations including Dundee, Perth, Fife, Angus and Edinburgh. This adds a depth and richness to the opportunities available and broadens the networks that you can establish during your time on the course.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

Our MSc in Social Work is organised in such a way that you move between campus based learning and practice learning at regular intervals. This helps you to engage with the applied nature of this course and to critically use and evaluate knowledge in practice contexts.

How you will be taught

The course combines periods of campus based learning and practice learning within social work related agencies. The course is built on adult learning principles and you will be encouraged to make links with the experience, knowledge and skills that you bring to the course. You will be expected to be self-directed in your learning whilst benefitting from the support and contributions of academic staff, professional partners and service users and carers.

The curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • Taught inputs from academic staff and practitioners
  • Problem solving and research tasks individually and in groups
  • Practice learning opportunities in a diverse range of social work related workplaces.
  • Tutor and peer support
  • Skills based role-play
  • Service user and carer perspectives

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed through essay based tasks. The emphasis is on the links between theory and practice and all assessments locate knowledge within practice contexts.

What you will study

SW50018 Caring within Integrated Services 

The MSc course is designed around 6 assessment-based modules:

  • SW50017 Decision Making
  • SW50018 Caring within Integrated Services
  • SW50013 Professional Practice
  • SW50019 Leading for Change in Organisations
  • SW50010 Policy Development
  • SW50015 Enhanced Professional Practice


The MSc In Social Work provides graduates with the professionally required social work qualification and opens up employment opportunities across a broad range of social work roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. The qualification is generic and equips graduates to work across the broad range of service user groups and practice contexts.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Social Work page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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