Date of entry

September 2021


You will move between campus-based learning and practice-learning within a diverse range of social work-related workplaces.

In this way you will learn first-hand how to critically use and evaluate your knowledge to support others to improve the outcomes of their live outcomes and enhance their overall well-being.

You will be encouraged to make links between the knowledge you gain during this course with the experience, skills, and expertise you bring to it, and to be self-directed in your learning. 

We teach using a variety of methods including:

  • taught inputs from academic staff and practitioners, face to face, and online
  • problem solving and research tasks, individually and in groups
  • practice learning opportunities in a diverse range of social work related workplaces
  • enquiry action learning activities
  • tutor and peer support
  • skills based role-play
  • perspective of people who use services  and their carers

You will be able to take advantage of practice learning opportunities across a range of locations including Dundee, Perth, Fife, Angus, and Edinburgh, allowing you to establish a broad range of networks.


There are three practice placements during the length of the course which total 200 days on placement.

During these placements, you will be attached to a social work practice setting and will be under the supervision of a practice educator. You will also have periods to return to the University and your personal tutor will provide regular support, including visiting you while on placement.

Mathematics top-up

You may need to complete a top-up mathematics course while studying in order to satisfy the Scottish Social Services Council registration requirements.

The minimum requirement for the SSSC registration is:

  • at least SQA National 5 Mathematics at grade C, GCSE Mathematics at grade C or 4, or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree with sufficient numerical content, such as a statistics course


There are a range of assessment methods including

  • essay-based tasks, emphasising the links between theory and practice
  • assessment of your direct practice whilst on placement


As this MSc lasts 22 months you study modules over two years:

First year

  • SW50017 - Decision Making
  • SW50018 - Caring with Integrated Services
  • SW50013 - Professional Practice

Second year

  • SW50010 - Policy Development
  • SW50019 - Leading for Change in Organisations
  • SW50015 - Enhanced Professional Practice 

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: SW50010 Credits: 30 Semester: Both Semester 1 and 2

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