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.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is usually preferred, but other qualifications may be considered; candidates 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; students should normally have at least 1 year�s workplace experience before applying; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

1st 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 and methods); doing social work research; professional social work practice 1. 2nd year courses: Working with risk, trust and complexity in social work; professional social work practice 2; dissertation.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

ESRC; university studentships; employer sponsorship; non-EU students can apply for ORS awards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSW Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 21 months
MSW Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 21 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Secretary
Telephone number: 
0131 650 3915