Social Work PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Social Work

1. Overview

This course will introduce you to the values, skills and competencies required for the practice of social work. It provides graduates with the opportunity to train as social workers to the standard prescribed as qualifying level by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The higher exit option (MSc) is an academic award based on research rather than a professional award, and offers a methodological underpinning for those seeking to move into research or training in social work. As a graduate of this course you will be capable of gaining employment in areas where a professional qualification in social work is required, including field work, group care, community care and hospital settings in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Contexts of Social Work Practice: Law, Sociology and Social Policy
  • Development, Behaviour and Interpersonal Processes
  • Social Work Theory, Professional Ethics and Research Methods
  • Readiness for Practice
  • Assessed Practice and Analysis 1

Year 2

  • Community Care and Vulnerable User Groups
  • Change Process, Group Care Contexts and Institutional Experience
  • Criminal Justice, Children and Families
  • Substance Misuse
  • Assessed Practice and Analysis 2

Year 3

  • Dissertation

3. Entry requirements

You should have a first degree in a social science discipline. Other qualifications and experience will be considered, with entry being subject to the University's judgement that the person has reasonable expectation of being able to fulfil the requirements of the award.

An acceptable level of numeracy in Maths is normally required, as is evidence of computer literacy at the level required for the European Computer Driving Licence. Some experience in a caring or closely allied field is normally required, as well as basic knowledge of the UK legal and political system.

All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 7 or its equivalent in TOEFL, prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

English language requirements

4. Placements and accreditations

You will undertake two mandatory placements, one of 80 days and one of 90 days. You have the opportunity to take the first placement overseas in conjunction with a partner university.

5. Student Funding

Scholarships
Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Applied Social Studies Scholarships pages.

Merit Scholarship
The School of Applied Social Studies offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. We have the following awards available for the academic year 2014/15:

  • MSc Social Work: Depending on demand the awards will be between £1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant. Course commences September 2014.
  • MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy: Depending on demand the awards will be between £1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant. Course commences September 2014.

To find out more information on the Merit Scholarship.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3400 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,600 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £3,400 per academic year

International Students

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

Once you register and create your username and password, you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, you can log in to your UCAS Track account and see the progress of your application, and view and respond to offers.

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Award
PgCert/PgDip/MSc
Start date
September
Course length
2 years plus additional 3 months for MSc
Mode of Attendance
Full-time
Academic school
School of Applied Social Studies
Teaching locations
Garthdee

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781