MSc Social Work


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Program Description

This course combines theory with practice and provides you with the professional accreditation needed for a career in social work or a related profession.

Aimed at graduates from all disciplines, it reflects the multi-disciplinary, professional context of 21st-century social work.

We engage both with service users and social work professionals, whose experiences and perspectives have contributed to this course.

We emphasise research-based practice and our team includes leading researchers in a broad range of areas, including health and social care integration, disability, criminal justice, and child protection. Their expertise informs every aspect of our training.

You will gain a strong professional identity, enabling you to function competently and confidently in multi-disciplinary settings and to strive for social justice.

We have links with a range of agencies across the statutory, voluntary, and private sectors. This will give you practice learning opportunities and broadens the networks that you can establish.

A small number of bursaries are available for Scottish and EU students via the Scottish Social Services Council. The bursary consists of tuition fees, a means-tested grant and allowance, and placement travel expenses. We nominate students who are eligible, but this doesn’t guarantee that a bursary will be awarded. If you are awarded a bursary, it might not cover the full cost of your fees, and it is your responsibility to pay the difference.

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


“My time here has really been good. The lecturers are just superb and the University has great library facilities. The best thing is the patience of the teaching staff, they are always willing to support us.”

Sandra Ofori, MSc Social Work student 2019

Entry requirements

Grade requirements
You should have an Honours Degree of 2:2 or above.

Your UCAS personal statement is an important part of the application for this course.

In your statement, you should demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of social work and your motivation to study it. You should show that you have an understanding of working with people and of the skills, and values that are pertinent to the role of a social worker. It is important that you put time and thought into your personal statement and that you present it in a professional manner.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) 6.5
  • Reading 5.5
  • Listening 5.5
  • Speaking 6.0
  • Writing 6.0


The vast majority of our graduates enter employment at the graduate level. 

When you graduate you will have a professional social work qualification. This means you could work across a range of social work roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, and also in a range of allied professions.

You will be fully equipped to work as an accountable, autonomous professional in partnership with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Our core mission at the University of Dundee is to transform lives, locally and globally, through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

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