University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Social Work

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.

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 may still be considered for a place without social work or social care experience if you have other work or professional experience. You will be expected to demonstrate ability to transfer your learning and experience, and to manage complex relationships in personal or work contexts.

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

Course modules

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSW Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,700 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSW Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSW Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSW Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSW Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSW Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (England) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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