Taught course

Social Work (MSW)

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You must normally have achieved or be on track to achieve a 2:1 honours degree preferably in an area of social sciences. In very exceptional circumstances, candidates who not do have a first degree may be considered, if you have very extensive professional experience and can demonstrate academic ability at graduate level. It’s preferable that candidates should have mathematics and English at Standard Grade (credit level), Intermediate 2 (A-C) or GCSE (A-C), or a recognised equivalent. We normally expect you to have had at least six months full-time work experience, or its equivalent in part-time work, at the point of the application. We’re more concerned with the quality of experience than whether or not it’s paid. It’s useful to think about experience in three dimensions - duration, range and depth. While longer and more diverse experience is of great value, depth (or quality) is perhaps more important since this is what allows learning and professional development. Often experience is "deeper" in contexts where supervision is offered regularly, allowing for in-depth discussion in practice issues and dilemmas. Undertaking relevant reading and training while working often helps people to "deepen" the quality of their work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSW in Social Work is a 2-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course.

The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas. The course is based on the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) and is to be validated by social work's professional body in Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The course provides a stimulating blend of university-based teaching and agency-based learning opportunities across both years.

You'll undertake a range of taught modules, a dissertation and assessed placements in a range of social work service settings.

Work towards the Masters dissertation is mostly scheduled for the period beyond Year 2 of the programme. You’ll be told of the arrangements during year 1.

Information for international students

Further information for prospective students from overseas is provided by our Recruitment & International Office.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Limited support is available through bursaries to students, dependent on your country of normal residence, past earnings and family responsibilities.

  1. Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) bursary - only students who are 'normally resident' in Scotland are eligible. We’re not in a position to guarantee any student nominated for a bursary will actually receive it. We can only nominate students for a bursary where they have formally accepted an offer of a place on the course.
  2. In very limited and exceptional cases, students living in England and Wales may be eligible for a bursary broadly similar to that payable by the SSSC, from the Department of Health. We have no power or authority to nominate but are happy to provide details to people who may be eligible. Again, applicants must have formally accepted an offer of a place on the course.
  3. Students from EU countries may be eligible for a grant from the SSSC to meet the cost of tuition fees. The British Council in your home country may also be able to advise on additional sources of funding for study in the UK.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social Work and Social Policy
0141 444 8700