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

In two years, graduates can qualify with a Postgraduate Certificate allowing them to practice in the UK.

To graduate with a Masters in Social Work requires students to complete a dissertation. The Masters in Social Work is an academic qualification that is a useful for applicants who would like to work abroad.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a social science discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • GCSE in Maths grade B or equivalent required. Applicants that do not have this will be offered the University’s numeracy test.
  • Applicants are also required to show evidence of computer literacy 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 and political system. 

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service/Criminal Conviction Check, a successful interview and passing our written test.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5.

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

4. Placements and Accreditations

You will undertake two mandatory placements, one of 80 days and one of 90 days.

You have the opportunity to apply  to undertake the first placement overseas in a service setting that is negotiated with our partner universities. Students who have completed Erasmus placements often reflect on the experience as being challenging and transformative in terms of personal and professional development.

Find out more about the opportunities to Study Abroad

5. Student Funding

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information:

Applied Social Studies Scholarships

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,300 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,940 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

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

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

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.

Please note when applying for the MSc Social Work course you should click on 'UCAS Undergraduate'. Although this is a postgraduate course you need to apply through the undergraduate route. If you have any problems with this please contact Alastair Logan, Admissions Tutor (Tel: 01224 263227, E-mail: a.logan3@rgu.ac.uk) or Claire Booth, Course Administrator (Tel: 01224 263202, E-mail: c.booth@rgu.ac.uk).

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.

Admissions Policy

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

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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
More Information:
Mr Alastair Logan Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)1224 263227
Accredited By
Scottish Social Services Council

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