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Social Work


One of the oldest departments in the UK, Social Work at Edinburgh has been ranked the country's number one for the third year in a row in the Complete University Guide 2021 league table.

We are a diverse and international community of staff and students, providing a range of educational opportunities for both intending and qualified social workers, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (BSc, MSW, MSc by Research, PG Certificate and PhD). We have been providing education for social workers since 1918, with graduates working throughout the world to make a real difference in the communities in which they live. In recognition of this, we have created a website with lots of resources and profiles - do have a look to find out what we have been doing over the last 100 years!

Social Work at the University of Edinburgh works collaboratively with other stakeholders (universities, colleges, policy makers, practice agencies) across research, education, dissemination and policy work. Our teaching is supported by regular opportunities to be taught by users of social work services, and practitioners.

We have a wide-ranging portfolio of research reflecting the academic and professional background of the teaching staff, all of whom are engaged in research and knowledge exchange activities, and through this, we seek to impact on both the policy and practice communities in social work locally and internationally. Do look around our webpages, and make contact if you would like to discuss coming to study with us.

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Upcoming Events

Sep 28 Speaker: Prof. Dorothy Vaandering # Canada; Speaker: Dr. Maija Gellin # Finland; Speaker: Mr. Chris Straker # England; Speaker: Prof. Gillean McCluskey # Scotland Restorative Justice in Education Webinar 13:00 (3 hours and 45 minutes) Online - via Zoom link (provided after registration)