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Social Work at Edinburgh is one of the most respected centres for social work education in the UK and is among the highest ranked for the quality of its teaching and research. Not only did Social Work at Edinburgh come top in the UK in The Times & Sunday Times ranking for 2017, but it was also rated third in the UK for its quality and breadth of research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and top in the Times Higher Education's research power index.

We provide 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 training for social workers since 1918. 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, practice agencies and service user and carer groups) across research, education & training, dissemination and policy work.

We have a wide-ranging research profile, reflecting the academic and professional background of the teaching staff, all of whom are engaged in research and knowledge exchange (KE) activities, and through this, we seek to impact on both the policy and practice communities in social work in Scotland and further afield. Our taught courses benefit from this research and our postgraduate research students and KE partners add to the overall portfolio of research being conducted within Social Work.

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It’s never too late to study for a Doctorate!

It’s never too late to study for a Doctorate! We were delighted to see Dr Jean Gordon receive her doctorate at the recent winter graduation.

Upcoming Events

Apr 01 Speaker: Professor Martin Webber # University of York Adapting social intervention models for local use: Connecting People in the UK, Sierra Leone and Nepal 15:00 (2 hours) Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, Room 4.3, 5 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9SU

May 09 Speaker: Professor Elspeth Neil # School of Social Work, University of East Anglia, Norwich Adoption 15:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Dugald Stewart Building, 1.20, 3 Charles St Ln, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD

May 10 Hosted by: Dr Sumeet Jain # Senior Lecturer in Social Work; SPS International Director; Programme Director, PG Certificate Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award) Edinburgh Global Mental Health network research day 10:00 (5 hours) TBC

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