Skip to main content

Social Work


Social Work at Edinburgh has a long and established international reputation. In the Complete University Guide social work at the University of Edinburgh has been ranked top in the UK in both 2019 and 2020, and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework was rated third in the UK for its quality and breadth of research and top in the Times Higher Education's research power index.

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.

Latest News RSS

Congratulations to Dr George Palattiyil

At the Edinburgh University Student Association Teaching Awards Dr George Palattiyil, Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social and Political Science, was presented

Visit by University at Albany

The social work subject area was delighted to host a visit by staff and students from the Master’s in Social Work programme at the University

Upcoming Events

Related Video