Social Work MSc

School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Focuses on social work knowledge, skills and values. This course allows those who complete it to register and practise as a qualified social worker in Scotland

Date of entry

September 2024

Start date
September 2024
22 months (full time)
Dundee City Campus

Social work is a profession dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities overcome challenges, while improving their well-being through various interventions and support services.

This course looks at this profession, and deals with questions of welfare, social justice, human rights and respect for diversity.

The discipline is underpinned by theories from the social sciences and humanities.

This course is professionally accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council, which will allow you to register and practise as a social worker in Scotland upon completion of the course.

After registering you can end up working in a range of areas including:

  • children and families
  • adults with a range of difficulties such as:
    • mental health
    • problematic substance use
    • physical or learning disability
    • old age
  • criminal justice
  • healthcare settings
  • work with asylum seekers and refugees
  • advocacy

Social workers can work in a variety of settings. These include local authority or voluntary agencies, and residential or community. You might move across these settings at different points in your career.

This also opens opportunities in areas such as social policy and community development. These areas would be open to you in both Scotland and internationally.

This course is aimed at graduates from all disciplines. It reflects the multi-disciplinary context of social work. You will learn a fundamental understanding of the profession's theory and practice.

Social Work is a practice-based profession and academic discipline. This means that, beyond the classroom, around half of your time will be spent on practice placements.

These are arranged with a range of statutory and voluntary practice partners, across diverse geographical and demographic settings.

You will be supported while on placement by a qualified practice educator and by your tutor.

A key aspect of the course is our engagement and involvement of people who have experience of using social services and social work practitioners in our teaching.

Bursaries available

There are a number of bursaries available from Scottish Social Services Council for student’s ordinarily resident in Scotland, and also some bursaries available for students from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Professional accreditation

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Professionally accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and recognised by the corresponding regulators of social work in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

Those who successfully complete the course are eligible for registration with the SSSC as a Newly Qualified Social Worker.

Martha Umeh Ude-Eze
“My time studying at the University of Dundee has been one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had, the best things about my course have been placement opportunities and group work. Studying at the University of Dundee has prepared me for life after graduation , it has helped me secured my dream job as a Social Worker and I am looking forward to positively impacting the lives of various people and their families. My Dundee education gave me wealth of experiences, ranging from leadership , lifestyle and fulfilled career.”

Martha Umeh Ude-Eze, MSc Social Work

“My time here has really been good. The lecturers are just superb and the University has great library facilities. The best thing is the patience of the teaching staff, they are always willing to support us.”

Sandra Ofori, MSc Social Work student 2019


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