28 months
17275 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Social Work Studies programme at the University of Stirling provides you with an integrated academic and professional course which develops the intellectual and practical skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker.

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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.

Career opportunities

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 28 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17275 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17275 GBP per year during 28 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP per year during 28 months.

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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