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Social Work

Learn how to support individuals, families, and communities, while working towards the professional accreditation required for a career in social work

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Key Facts



(MSc (Hons)) Social Work


Degree Duration

15 months :

3 months pathway + 1 year degree

18 months :

6 months pathway + 1 year degree


Pathways Available



Start Dates

September 2022

Degree Overview

This postgraduate qualification combines theory and practice to provide you with the professional accreditation needed for a career in social work or a related profession.

Aimed at graduates from all disciplines, it reflects the multi-disciplinary, professional context of 21st century social work.

The course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the theory and practice that underpins professional social work as a profession. Over the course of your studies you will split your time between learning on campus and learning in practice placements.

A key aspect of the course is how we engage and involve people who have experience of using services and social work professionals in our teaching.

We emphasise research-based practice and our teaching team includes leading researchers in a broad range of areas, including health and social care integration, disability, criminal justice, and child protection. Their expertise informs every aspect of our teaching.

We will help you develop a strong professional identity, enabling you to function competently and confidently in multi-disciplinary settings, and to strive for social justice.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

When you graduate you will have a professional social work qualification. This will allow you to apply to the SSSC to be registered as a newly Qualified Social Worker and to start applying for employment as a social worker. It means you can work across a range of social work roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, and also in a range of allied professions.

Upon graduating from this course you will be fully equipped to work as an accountable, autonomous professional in partnership with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities.

Your Pathways

The Pre Masters Program will prepare you for the UK, EU or US study system, giving you the confidence and skills that you’ll need to go further in your studies. Depending on your academic qualification and English language level and chosen programme, you can study the IIM over one or two terms.

What’s the difference between the one or two terms?
One Term Two Terms
3 months of study Six months of study
Additional academic English and subject-related support


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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.