Research course

Social Work

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science
MPhilPhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Preferably relevant professional qualification and practice experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Together with students in all disciplines across the School, social work research students undertake both required and optional research methods courses in first year prior to proceeding with their thesis. Each student has two supervisors with the possibility of the second supervisor from an outside discipline. There are regular group meetings between staff and students. These discussions are enriched by the presence of a number of overseas students; many of our home students are experienced professionals who study part time while working. With a high reputation for research and postgraduate study Social Work offers a congenial environment for postgraduates.

Department specialisms

Child Protection and Child Care; Community Care; Gender; Law and Social Work; Ethics and Social Work; Professional Education and Competency; Criminal Justice

Fees and funding

ESRC, employers in social and healthcare fields, studentships, ORS.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Janice McGhee
+44 (0)131 650 3910