People are at the heart of both social work and the social sciences – two distinct areas offering diverse career prospects.

Often part of multidisciplinary teams, social workers support society's most vulnerable, from families through to those with disabilities. Applied social scientists study the way people live and its impact - opening doors in child care, health management, HR, the police, education and elsewhere.

Why Study Social Work & Social Sciences Here?

Specialists in social work and social sciences deliver highly innovative teaching and assessments, supported by experienced practitioners, professionals and employers.

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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.

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Our facilities include a psychology laboratory, test library, computer facilities, laboratory space for experiments and studies to provide you with the best studying experience.

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We train you for future employment, drawing on the skills of academic staff who have specialist knowledge in areas such as child care, disability, social work law, social work methods, substance misuse and criminal justice.

“The working relationship between the tutors and students is excellent; enhanced by students being able to communicate with tutors through email, telephone calls and one-to-one tutorial sessions.”

Christopher Barclay Social Work Degree - Distance Learning BA (Hons)


Our graduates go on to work in a variety of roles in local authorities, the NHS, the charity sector and business.

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Careers in Social Work

Social workers support individuals and groups within society.

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Careers in Social Sciences

A variety of career options are available to you.

News & Events

  1. 24, July, 2017 Mental Health Movie Monthly: Song of the Sea

    The Sir Ian Wood Building

    Come along to a screening of 'Song of the Sea' as part of Mental Health Movie Monthly.  

  1. 22, June, 2017 RGU joins the teaching elite

    RGU has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), placing it in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of its undergraduate teaching and learning.  

  2. 02, May, 2017 RGU postgraduate opportunities highlighted at open evening

    RGU Campus

    RGU will showcase its wide portfolio of postgraduate study options at its open evening this week.  

Our School

  • School of Applied Social Studies

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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.