• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 22 months
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Study and practice social work in a way which breaks down the barriers between theory and practice.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This course provides you with the professional accreditation required to undertake a career in social work or in one of the professions allied to social work. It combines theory with practice, with considerable engagement with service users and social work professionals, whose experiences and perspectives have contributed to the development of this highly regarded course.

Reflecting the multi-disciplinary context in which social work operates as a profession, the course is delivered within the School of Education and Social Work. You will gain a strong professional identity, enabling you to function competently and confidently in multi-disciplinary settings – and to strive for social justice, which is our overriding ethos.

The aims of the course are to equip you to:

  • Work in partnership with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities
  • Work for social justice
  • Act with a strong professional identity and function competently in multi-disciplinary teams and settings
  • Practise as accountable and autonomous professionals
  • Operate with confidence

Carers and Users Group

You will work closely and innovatively with our Carers and Users group, which will provide you with crucial perspectives and experiences of service users and carers.

Research-led teaching

Our academic staff team are committed to sharing their practice and research expertise with students and facilitating each individual journey towards qualification. We have leading researchers in a broad range of areas including health and social care integration, disability, criminal justice and child protection. This expertise underpins the course content and the emphasis on the importance of research informed practice.

Professional accreditation

The MSc in Social Work is professionally accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Practice learning opportunities

The course has links with a broad range of excellent agencies across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. This will provide you with exceptional practice learning opportunities.

Due to the geographical location of the University, you will be able to take advantage of practice learning opportunities across a range of locations including Dundee, Perth, Fife, Angus and Edinburgh. This adds a depth and richness to the opportunities available and broadens the networks that you can establish during your time on the course.

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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, 2019
Ghana

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).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Our MSc in Social Work is organised in such a way that you move between campus based learning and practice learning at regular intervals. This helps you to engage with the applied nature of this course and to critically use and evaluate knowledge in practice contexts.

How you will be taught

The course combines periods of campus based learning and practice learning within social work related agencies. The course is built on adult learning principles and you will be encouraged to make links with the experience, knowledge and skills that you bring to the course. You will be expected to be self-directed in your learning whilst benefitting from the support and contributions of academic staff, professional partners and service users and carers.

The curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • Taught inputs from academic staff and practitioners
  • Problem solving and research tasks individually and in groups
  • Practice learning opportunities in a diverse range of social work related workplaces.
  • Tutor and peer support
  • Skills based role-play
  • Service user and carer perspectives

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed through essay based tasks. The emphasis is on the links between theory and practice and all assessments locate knowledge within practice contexts.

What you will study

SW50018 Caring within Integrated Services

The MSc course is designed around 6 assessment-based modules:

  • SW50017 Decision Making
  • SW50018 Caring within Integrated Services
  • SW50013 Professional Practice
  • SW50019 Leading for Change in Organisations
  • SW50010 Policy Development
  • SW50015 Enhanced Professional Practice

It is so great to gain experience and knowledge from different placements, where you start to engage with vulnerable people, recognise what matters to them, and try your best to help them to be independent.

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Junjie Xue
MSc Social Work 2016

The tutors are experienced practitioners, who guide and help you to broaden your knowledge and set you up for future practice. Having international expertise and a Polish degree, I found this course extremely helpful and certainly a great step in my chosen career.

Jacek Sikorski
MSc Social Work 2016

On graduating from this course you will have a professionally-required social work qualification which opens up employment opportunities across a broad range of social work roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors and also in a range of allied professions.  You will be fully equipped to work as an accountable, autonomous professional in partnership with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities.

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 academic year 2019-20
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
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

If you are a self-funding student, travel costs to placements will be reimbursed. This applies to the cost of travel over and above the normal cost from your semester term time address to city campus.

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Funding

A variable number of SSSC bursaries are available each year which the university nominates students for. Potentially eligible students are those from Scotland or EU countries only. As bursary availability is limited, it is not possible for all Scottish and EU students to receive a nomination. Nomination by the university is not a guarantee that a bursary will be awarded as the SSSC will make the final decision regarding a student’s eligibility and bursary award.  The fees element of any bursary award is a contribution towards course fees. For those in receipt of a bursary, payment of the remainder of the fees will be the responsibility of the student.

If you are a Scottish or EU applicant and your application to the programme is successful, we will be in a position to advise you during May 2019 whether you will be nominated for a SSSC bursary.

Students ordinarily living in Northern Ireland, Wales and England are not eligible for SSSC support as they have their own funding boards.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate 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 nowSocial Work MScP060234

Course Contact

Dr Susan Levy
Education and Social Work
s.levy@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 381545

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