• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Develop advanced critical, analytical, Interdisciplinary and research skills in any aspect of social work. Our flexible course can be tailored to your individual interests.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework
100%

overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015

Social work at Dundee

This course focuses on the complex issues and challenges of 21st century social work. 

At Dundee, we have a range of expertise and experience, including interdisciplinarity (a specific and unique strength of the programme), leadership, research, values and social work practice.  We are particularly keen to establish links between theory and practice. Our modules also draw on experienced and knowledgeable guest lecturers both from the field and from academic research.

Flexible course

The MSc in Advanced Social Work Studies will allow you to engage with advanced level social work theory and develop the knowledge base and enquiry skills required to understand and contribute to 21st century social work.

The course curriculum will encompass taught modules which require you to engage with ethical issues and dilemmas relating to social work.  You will have the opportunity to critically engage with the challenges and opportunities of inter-professional collaboration and the role that organisational culture and change plays in the way social work is shaped and delivered.

The course will require you to develop and apply research skills and methods to social work issues in order to produce a Master’s level dissertation. This will allow you to explore and examine social work issues and contexts in order to develop new ways of thinking and understanding, and in turn seek to be transformative and impactful.

Professional relevancy

The social work modules have been approved, and are reviewed regularly, by the Scottish Social Services Council. 

Who should study this course?

If you do not require a qualification to practise social work, but wish to enhance and develop your social work skills and knowledge at Master's level, this course is for you. Without the requirement for practice placements, the qualification can be achieved within one year.

If you are a postgraduate student wishing to develop a research profile, or to further your career in terms of practice or leadership, this course is also suitable.

"One of my favourite things about studying on the programme is the eclectic mix of academic backgrounds and life experience everyone brings to classroom discussions. As everyone has studied previously, challenging each other and gaining an alternative insight into discussions has been an invaluable learning experience for me."

Current Postgraduate social work student

Social Work at the University of Dundee was ranked 5th in the UK
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

At the University of Dundee, we emphasise the development of autonomous and self-directed learning, with support and guidance through structured personal tutor and module leaders.  Our approaches include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group based discussions
  • Enquiry and action learning – collaborative research and problem solving.
  • Collaborative group inquiry activities (including inter-professional collaboration)
  • Online materials - discussion boards, academic activities, core materials and signposts to literature.
  • Independent and autonomous study and research which is supported and guided by module leaders and /or personal tutors.
  • Option for work based project to situate learning and research.

What you'll study

Semester 1

Decision Making (30 credits) - which will provide a critical insight into contemporary social work issues around risk, values, ethics and social work law.

Research Methods for Professional Enquiry (30 credits) - which will provide students with a Master’s level knowledge of research skill.

Additionally students will have the opportunity to select one optional module from the MSc Social Work, MSc Community learning and Development or MSc Leadership and Innovation courses which will provide interdisciplinary learning and collaboration.

 

Semester 2

Research project (60 credits) relevant to Social Work which will be supported by a dissertation supervisor and ongoing collaboration with peers. This module will run the full length of the semester and the full dissertation will be completed during the summer.

Inter‐Professional Collaboration and Organisational change (30 credits) - joint module with Community Learning and Development and Leadership and Innovation students.

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods will include a combination of:

  • reflective and critical essays
  • oral presentations
  • research visualisations
  • research reports

The programme will prepare you for your chosen career in social work or a related field and gives you the flexibility and choice about how best to do this. The scope for applying advanced social work skills is vast - social workers are employed in a wide variety of settings, beyond what might traditionally be considered 'social work.'

You should have an Honours Degree of 2:2 or above.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowAdvanced Social Work Studies MScP060230

Course Contact

School Administrator
Education and Social Work
esw-apply@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 381122

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