The Social Work Studies programme at the University of Stirling is taught by qualified social workers including world leaders in their research field, and academics who maintain close connections with practice. You'll experience inspirational contributions to teaching by people who have used social work services, as well as from practicing social workers.
You’ll enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes with creative approaches to teaching and assessment as well as detailed feedback on your progress. On your practice placements, you’ll be supported and assessed by Practice Educators who are qualified or undertaking their Practice Educator training.
At the end of your studies, you’ll qualify as a social worker who is knowledgeable, skilled, analytical and ethical in your approach to working with individuals, families, groups and communities. The postgraduate qualification in Social Work Studies is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council and is recognised throughout the UK.
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or the Masters provides the ‘licence to practise’ as a qualified social worker registered with the regulatory council of the country in which you work. You can work in community-based teams, hospitals, day and residential centres and voluntary agency projects. In Scotland and Northern Ireland it is also the qualification for social work in prisons and criminal justice teams.
The nature of the work is extremely varied and there is the capacity to move between different work settings throughout your career.
There are more than 1.5 million people working in the social care sector in the UK in 38,000 different settings and the adult social care sector alone contributes an estimated £43 billion to the economy (prospects.ac.uk).
Currently, over 80 percent of students find social work jobs within six months of graduating.
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- Theory and Practice
- Social Research Methods (Online)
- Human Development in a Family Context
- Critical Approaches to Theory and Practice: Children, Families and Society
- Social Work Dissertation
- Theory and Practice: Health, Illness and Disability
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- 28 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.
DisciplinesSocial Work Sociology Health Administration View 551 other Masters in Sociology in United Kingdom
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- A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.
- Practical experience in a social care setting is essential.
- Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is a requirement for commencing and remaining on the programme (further information on how to apply will be provided to successful applicants who accept a place on the course). Enrolled students must also be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.
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International17275 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17275 GBP per year during 28 months.
National7100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7100 GBP per year during 28 months.
Living costs for Stirling
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.