Our subjectsSocial work degrees

What is social work?

Social workers have a responsibility to promote the rights of powerless people, protect the vulnerable and disadvantaged and address the causes and effects of offending behaviour.

Why study social work?

Validated by the Scottish Social Services Council and closely aligned to the Standards in Social Work Education, the 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.

Why study at Strathclyde?

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is an award-winning academic institution - the only to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year twice!

The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (funded by the Scottish Government to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families, and care leavers), the Centre for the Child and Society, and Community Care Works are all based within Strathclyde and contribute to teaching in the course as well as to research and consultancy.

In our undergraduate degree, you'll 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 support

Access a wealth of support and resources for postgraduate study. Details on the application process, accommodation, fees and other useful information can be found here.    

Postgraduate support

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Elaine Hamilton Advanced Residential Child Care student

Elaine Hamilton

Advanced Residential Child Care (MSc)

The conversations, observations and sharing of insight amongst my classmates really made the course for me. I found myself surrounded by people who really got it...This gave me a real sense of community within the sector and opened my eyes to the realisation that other’s shared my passion and desires.
Roma Shafiq International Social Welfare student

Roma Shafiq

International Social Welfare (MSc)

This course and the university opened my mind up to the different things going on in the world and really enhanced my knowledge whilst making new friends from around the world with very different cultural backgrounds.
Keyla PhD student

Keyla Correa Montenegro

Social Work (PhD)

My supervision team is very accessible and supportive which makes a lot of difference. I feel like they are very engaged with my research and my PhD journey, offering all the support they can individually as well as institutionally. The Strathclyde team is always ready to help as well, I feel very supported.
MSc Advanced Residential Childcare student Neil McMillan

Neil McMillan

Advanced Residential Child Care (MSc)

I knew that completing the MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care would qualify me for registration. Also, the qualification had such a good reputation in the residential child care sector because of the curriculum content and the quality of teaching on the programme.