Taught course

Applied Professional Studies (Management and Leadership in Social Services)

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A degree and a minimum of two years’ experience in a management position within social services. Applicants without a degree will submit a piece of written work at interview stage. You are expected to be able to word-process your own work for assessment.

Months of entry


Course content

In Scotland, the Changing Lives, 21st-Century Social Work Review (Scottish Executive, 2006) has highlighted the need for enabling leadership and effective management at all levels within the social care sector.

The University of Stirling offers flexible options for social services managers from across the public, voluntary and independent sectors to pursue their professional development and gain management qualifications directly relevant to their work.


The MSc/PG Diploma and PG Certificate Applied Studies (Management and Leadership in Social Services) is recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council as an appropriate award for registered managers in social services.

Course Objectives

The course allows you as a social services manager to build on your professional experience by undertaking study in a range of management subjects. Successful completion of the course enables you to:

  • Acquire a critical understanding of the theory and practice of management as it relates to contemporary social services
  • Develop your knowledge on how organisations function and how, as a manager, you might bring your influence to bear on organisational processes
  • Re-examine the value base of social services’ work and how this is applied in a management role
  • Broaden your understanding of the personal social services through comparative study

Management and Leadership in Social Services is a part-time course for staff in management positions within social care organisations across the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding

Participants will be either self-funding or will have sought funding from their employer.

Qualification and course duration


part time
30 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Duncan Helm
+44 (0) 1786 467681