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Social Work (MSW)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme offers you a professional qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Social Care Council, and eligibility for registration as a social worker.

You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the theory and practice that underpins all work in the field, splitting your time between theoretical learning on campus and practical work in various learning environments.

The programme is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council, complies with the Scottish Requirements for Social Work Training and enables you to meet the Standards in Social Work Education and the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection. It is also recognised as a professional qualification in social work across the world, including the United States and Canada.

Programme structure

You will study over two years, with periods of practice learning in both years. You will complete six courses in your first year and three in your second year, at the end of which you will present your dissertation.

First year courses:

Social Work in Communities
Social Work with Individuals and Families
Understanding Care and Control in Social Work
Working with Self and Others 1: Skills, Theories & Methods
Doing Social Work Research
Professional Social Work Practice 1

Second year courses:

Working with Risk, Trust and Complexity in Social Work
Professional Social Work Practice 2

Career opportunities

This programme qualifies you to practise as a social worker. Many of our students go on to work in diverse settings in social work practice, training, research, government and in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

You will also develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

Visit the Social Work (MSW) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is usually preferred, but other qualifications may be considered. You must be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of social work and a sound motivation to train as a social worker, preferably through a period of paid or voluntary work in a social care or social work setting. You will normally have at least one year’s workplace experience before applying. You will be expected to demonstrate ability to transfer your learning and experience, and to manage complex relationships in personal or work contexts.

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