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Social Work (MSc)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the values, skills and competencies required for the practice of social work. It provides graduates with the opportunity to train as social workers to the standard prescribed as qualifying level by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The higher exit option (MSc) is an academic award based on research rather than a professional award, and offers a methodological underpinning for those seeking to move into research or training in social work. As a graduate of this course you will be capable of gaining employment in areas where a professional qualification in social work is required, including field work, group care, community care and hospital settings in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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

What you will study

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.

Visit the Social Work (MSc) 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. An acceptable level of numeracy in Maths is normally required, as is evidence of computer literacy at the level required for the European Computer Driving Licence. Some experience in a caring or closely allied field is normally required, as well as basic knowledge of the UK legal and political system.

Course Fees

Per academic year: Scottish/EU Students £1820, Rest of UK Students £6,750, International Students £12,000

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