PgCert | PgDip | MSc
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 PG Dip 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.
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Mode of Attendance
- On Campus
Mode of Study
- Full Time
Course Length2 years and 3 months
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.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.
A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Our school is the largest provider of social work education in Scotland, with an expanding social science teaching and research portfolio. Our team of lecturers have strong practice and research backgrounds, and a passion for helping you to achieve your best – whether that’s online, supervising your dissertation, or providing pastoral support. With small class sizes we get to know you as an individual throughout your course. Our teaching staff will provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable education as you gain a range of skills required to add value to society in a wide-range of career possibilities.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
You will undertake two mandatory placements, one 80-day placement 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.
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.
- Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any discipline
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis
- Some experience, either paid or voluntary, in a caring or closely allied field is mandatory, as well as basic knowledge the UK, political system and social work profession in the UK
- Scottish National Grade 5 or 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. Whilst this is mandatory, this is not a requirement prior to the course starting, rather it is something that we measure throughout the course as students have to access teaching online, submit assignments online and also work with IT systems whilst out on placement.
- Applicants from the UK and EU must submit their application via UCAS. International Applicants may submit their application via UCAS or direct to the University. Please note that within the personal statement section of the application, include:
- Your understanding of the social work profession in the UK (and in your home country if you are an applicant from outside the UK),
- Why you wish to study the MSc Social Work at Robert Gordon University, and
- How you plan to use this qualification in your future career plan.
- 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 Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact email@example.com for further information.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
- £3,400 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £12,670 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £3,400 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £5,500 per academic year
- £13,050 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
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We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.
RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.