Robert Gordon University has an outstanding graduate employment record in a wide range of fields. Specialists in social work and social sciences deliver highly innovative teaching and assessments, supported by experienced practitioners, professionals and employers.

We regularly review the way we work to ensure an up-to-date approach, provide exciting opportunities for study and placement in other European countries, and make extensive use of new technologies and the latest research.

The largest provider of social work training in Scotland, we're regularly commended by external examiners. We were also highly successful in the recent five yearly review of Social Work and Social Sciences.

Passion

We ensure all our courses remain professionally relevant to current developments and practice through the close involvement of employers and practitioners in course planning and delivery, and practice supervision.

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In social work, we never forget we're there to train you for future employment, drawing on the skills of academic staff, over half of whom are qualified and experienced social work practitioners.

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You'll be inspired by their specialist knowledge in areas such as child care, disability, social work law, social work methods, substance misuse and criminal justice.

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Our experienced and high-achieving social science staff share the benefit of wide-ranging academic and professional social science backgrounds in fields such as psychology, sociology and social philosophy/ethics.

Track Record

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Robert Gordon University is the largest provider of social work education in Scotland and has an outstanding graduate employment record in a wide range of fields.

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We also enjoy a growing reputation in the field of applied social sciences. In the 2017 Guardian University Guide, we are in the top 20 of Social Work courses in the UK.

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The opportunities extend beyond Scotland, with our graduates registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) also eligible to take up social work employment elsewhere in the UK and in Ireland.

Our Partnerships & Affiliations

We are proud to be associated with leading organisations, institutions and professional bodies, including:

Scottish Social Services Council British Psychological Society British Sociological Association Institute for Research and Innovation in the Social Sciences (IRISS)

Our Facilities

Both social work and social science students enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities at Garthdee, including extensive library and IT resources.

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We have a psychology laboratory and test library, plus computer facilities and laboratory space for experiments and studies. 

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Spacious lecture rooms and extensive IT facilities ensure a modern and productive environment for all students and staff.

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Our library offers easy access to current and comprehensive collections of journals, reports and books, as well as all the electronic resources you'll need to learn, experiment and share ideas.

Our School

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    The School of Applied Social Studies offers a wide range of professional learning opportunities in social work, social care, community care, child care, criminal justice and related professions.