Taught course

Social Work (MSW)

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Studying within the prestigious School of Social & Political Science, 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.

All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS). Please note that although this is a postgraduate programme, applications are submitted via the UCAS undergraduate system rather than through UKPASS. The course code is L508.

Application forms are issued every year from mid September for entry in September of the following year. Completed applications from home/EU candidates should be submitted to UCAS by 31 March. Completed applications from international/overseas students are accepted until 15 July each year.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
21 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions, SPS Graduate School
44 (0) 131 651 3064