36 months
5758 GBP/year
2733 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Boost your career with University of Stirling's flexible Masters degree in Applied Professional Studies. Take an individual course of study or follow one of the specialist pathways.

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Designed for those who are already qualified in social work or an allied profession, University of Stirling 's Applied Professional Studies course enables you to undertake additional, part-time professional study.

The course gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge specific to your role and setting. At Stirling, we are at the forefront of contemporary practice and thinking. Some relevant modules are recognised by organisations such as the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).  The running of a specific pathway or standalone module in any given year will depend upon demand. 


You can work towards our core Masters degree, the MSc Applied Professional Studies, or opt to specialise in one of the following pathways of study:

  • Child Welfare and Protection
  • Management and Leadership in Social Services
  • Adult Services, Support and Protection
  • Advanced Practice Skills in Child Welfare and Protection
  • Social Work Practice Education

Whether you work towards the core Masters or follow a pathway, you’ll find yourself studying under the guidance of an established and trusted teaching team. So wherever you’re hoping your career will lead, we can help you get there.

Career opportunities

Our Applied Professional Studies course gives you an opportunity to build on your existing skills and experience, to reflect on the challenges of practice in contemporary social services and to develop enhanced capabilities as a reflective analytical practitioner. The course is widely recognised as a marker of rigour and depth in professional learning and practice development, and has helped to boost career progress for graduates in a range of social service areas, including: Child Welfare and Protection, Management and Leadership, Adult Services, Support and Protection, and Social Work Practice Education.

  • Build on your existing skills and expertise and put your knowledge straight to work
  • Pave the way to new career opportunities in contemporary social services
  • Grow your network of professional contacts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding Children's Needs: Context and Frameworks
  • Improving Outcomes for Children & Young people
  • Knowledge and Skills for Understanding parent/child relationships 
  • Leadership & Management
  • Understanding Children’s Experiences: Assessment and Decision Making
  • Evidence Informed Interventions

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

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



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor or Honours degree is required.  Applicants without a first degree will be considered providing they can demonstrate an ability to study at degree level.  Relevant work experience is required for all pathways. The social work practice education pathway additionally requires a social work qualification.

  • If you’re a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can’t accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5758 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17275 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    2733 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8200 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.

UK and Republic of Ireland students:

  • 20-credit module £911

Overseas students:

  • 20-credit module £1,919

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.


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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