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Social Work


The University of Edinburgh has been providing training for social workers since 1918. It is one of the largest centres for social work education in the UK and is among the highest ranked for the quality of its teaching and research. We provide a range of educational opportunities for both intending and qualified social workers, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

We have a wide-ranging research profile, reflecting the academic and professional background of the teaching staff all of whom are engaged in research. The taught courses in the MSW and BSc benefit from this research which also enhances the support of postgraduate research students.

Social Work at the University of Edinburgh hosts a number of centres which are run collaboratively with other stakeholders (universities, colleges, practice agencies and service user and carer groups). These centres are involved in research, education & training, dissemination, and policy developments across a wide range of fields.

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Does it take a village to raise a child?

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Upcoming Events

Nov 05 Introduced by: Professor Viv Cree # The University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Dr Fiona Morrison # The University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Young people # Who Cares Scotland Child protection social work - what helps? 10:00 (2 hours) Mitchell Library, Glasgow

ESRC Festival of Social Science

Nov 09 - Please choose: Araine Critchley # The University of Edinburgh Quickening steps: working with unborn children? 13:30 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Project Room, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Edinburgh

ESRC Festival of Social Science

Nov 23 Speaker: Dr Fiona Morrison # The University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Prof Viv Cree # The University of Edinburgh; Introduced by: Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh # The University of Edinburgh Talking & Listening to Children: Exploring how social workers and children communicate 14:30 (1 hour and 30 minutes) TBC

Social Work Seminar Series

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