Taught course

Social Work (MSW)

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is preferred. Applicants holding or predicted less than a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with substantial relevant experience 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 of workplace experience before applying.

We may also consider your application if you have other voluntary or work experience but can demonstrate an ability to transfer your learning and experience, and to manage complex relationships in personal or work contexts.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers you a professional qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council and The Health and Care Professions 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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSW
    full time
    21 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 650 3565