Taught course

Social Work Studies

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A degree in any subject or, exceptionally, a diploma or certificate at degree level. Previous experience of paid/unpaid social work is essential. Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is a requirement for the course and further information on how to apply will be provided to successful applicants who accept a place on the course. A PVG Scheme record check will be made at the beginning of the course and placement agencies may apply for an updated check before placements.

Months of entry


Course content

Successful completion of the Diploma incorporates the licence to practise as a social worker. The MSc is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation undertaken at the end of the Diploma course. Both degrees are recognised throughout the UK.


Successful completion of this course will mean students are then eligible to be registered, by the Scottish Social Services Council, as a qualified social worker. Each UK country has its own registration body and this degree is accepted by all of them.

Course Objectives

Applied Social Science provides you with an integrated academic and professional course which develops the intellectual and practice skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker.

Recent dissertation titles are. End of life assistance from a social work perspective; The use of communication tools when working with people with dementia: a practitioner perspective; Foster carers' experiences of support; Does employment have an impact upon the social inclusion of people with learning disabilites

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

Information on possible sources of funding Currently, bursaries are available from the SSSC for Postgraduate Social Work students; applicants who are offered and accept a place will be given information about applying for a bursary. Please note that the University is not responsible for allocating these. Further information about this funding can be found here www.sssc.uk.com.

Qualification and course duration


full time
22 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)

Course contact details

Lorna Gentles
+44 (0) 1786 467710