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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 second year in a row in the Complete University Guide 2020 league table. We were also in the top two in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

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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Social Work BSc Student undertakes internship with the Families Outside agency

Maya Cohen is in her 3rd year of the BSc (Hons) in Social Work. During the summer of 2019, Maya undertook an internship with Families

Upcoming Events

Feb 28 Speaker: Chris Chapman # Professor of Social Work at York University, Canada Interlocking genealogies of social work's benevolent violences: Key moments the 1790's and 1890's 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Practice Suite (1.12), Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Mar 24 Speaker: Professor Kate Morris # Sheffield University Working in partnership with families – Did a red-hot idea become a like warm bath? 15:00 (2 hours) 4.3 Lister Learning & Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU

Apr 29 Speaker: Dr Claire Houghton # Edinburgh University Participatory Action Research and policy impact: using creative arts to work with young survivors of gender based violence and policy makers 15:00 (2 hours) Violet Laidlaw Room, 6th Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH21 6AN

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