We're one of the largest providers of social work education in Scotland, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Our BA (Honours) in Social Work and the Postgraduate Diploma/Master in Social Work (MSW), are both validated by the Scottish Social Services Council.
Three post-qualifying programmes allow students to specialise in different areas of practice. These are:
- MSc in Advanced Residential Childcare
- MSc in Child & Youth Care Studies by Distance Learning
- Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Officer Social Work (MHO) Award
We also offer the BA Education & Social Services.
The University of Strathclyde is ranked No.1 in Scotland and joint No.1 in the UK for Social Policy in The Complete University Guide.
BA (Hons) Social Work
Validated by the Scottish Social Services Council and closely aligned to the Standards in Social Work Education, the BA (Honours) degree will give you a recognised professional award in social work. It will also prepare you for the challenging role of being a social worker.
You'll also have the opportunity to work/study abroad, thanks to our well-established links with the University of Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States and an exchange agreement with the University of Malta.
Postgraduate Diploma/Master in Social Work (MSW)
The MSW in Social Work is a two-year, full-time, postgraduate degree course. The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and it’s expected that in due course it will meet the criteria for recognition in the EU and elsewhere overseas.
The course is based on the Standards in Social Work Education and is validated by social work's professional body in Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council.
The course provides a stimulating blend of university-based teaching and agency-based learning opportunities across both years. You'll undertake a range of taught modules, a dissertation and assessed placements in a range of social work service settings.
The places are supported by a bursary from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). If you are interested in applying, please complete an application via UCAS.
MSc Advanced Residential Childcare
The MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care has been developed within the School of Social Work & Social Policy alongside the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.
The course is unique in the UK in offering a Masters-level award specifically in residential child care.
By taking this course, you can expect to experience development in your knowledge, skills and relational capacities in practice. You can also expect to contribute to professional leadership, practice development and research and evaluation in your own agency and possibly beyond.
MSc Child & Youth Care Studies by Distance Learning
This programme has a fresh, engaging curriculum that covers:
- globalised childhoods
- international policy contexts
- the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
- bringing up children
- research methods
The programme is aimed at students with an interest in developing positive strategies for affirming and developing the professional identity of child and youth care practice.
BA Education & Social Services
This innovative degree is a joint programme between the University of Strathclyde and three further education colleges (James Watt, Langside and Motherwell).
The BA Education & Social Services responds to the Scottish Government’s aspiration for different services to communicate more effectively and to work in a more integrated way to meet the service-user needs of children, young people and adults.
You'll enter college at Diploma of Higher Education level, having first studied a relevant HNC, then go on to study Year 3 for the BA at Strathclyde.
MSc Social Work (Research Methods)
Social Work (Research Methods) offers students with an interest in social work research the opportunity to learn about key issues in this area while they develop the skills required to carry out their own research, at an advanced level.
The course offers an attractive Masters qualification and individual modules will offer a Continued Professional Development option for social work practitioners who wish to critically evaluate their own practice. A social work qualification is not necessary to take this programme. Students will benefit from a vibrant learning environment that draws on a range of professional expertise.
Social policy is a discipline which looks at the welfare of societies and individuals. It provides an exciting opportunity for students to critically analyse contemporary social issues such as inequalities, disadvantage, diversity, globalisation and crime.
The courses we offer take an international and comparative perspective, ensuring that issues discussed are considered in their global context.
Our undergraduate BA programme and the Postgraduate programmes use a variety of engaging approaches to teaching and learning, where students have opportunities to actively engage.
The BA in Social Policy has been declared joint number 1 in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2019 league table for Social Policy.
BA Social Policy
This joint honours degree programme gives you the opportunity to learn more about the social and economic challenges facing Scottish society and enables you to place these in a broader international and comparative perspective.
It also addresses some of the major questions of our time, such as how should social policy adapt to a changing global, digital, connected and information-rich world; how can we adapt social policies to the needs of a more diverse society; and how should resources be distributed, not only between generations, but also within them?
MSc Social Policy & MSc Social Policy (Research Methods)
These programmes will offer you the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of key social policy issues together with advanced training in research methods.
They aim to improve your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape social needs and the ways in which different societies have responded to these; to enhance your research skills; and to enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice.
They are suitable for students who:
- have studied social policy at undergraduate level and who wish to build on the foundations they have already laid before entering employment or embarking on further study
- graduates of other disciplines who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of social and welfare issues whilst also enhancing their research skills
- individuals already in employment who wish to update their existing knowledge and skills before moving onto the next stage of their careers
MSc International Social Welfare
This unique International Social Welfare Masters programme is aimed at students with an interest in international social work and global social policy. The course will provide advanced knowledge about the theory and practice of social work and social policy in an international context.
MSc Criminology (Research Methods)
This course will provide you with a critical understanding of core contexts and critical arguments, theories and debates in penal policy and practice. You'll also gain a critical understanding of the major themes and topical issues that arise within criminology and criminal justice.
You'll have the opportunity to explore the political, economic and social factors that impact on criminological and criminal justice research and to develop an understanding of the impact that such research has on policy and practice and vice versa.
Overall, the course will provide you with both subject specific knowledge as well as an introduction to generic research methodology and core skills. This will enhance your ability to undertake a piece of independent research on a specific area by improving your knowledge and understanding of a range of different research approaches within criminology, criminal justice and social sciences more generally.