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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


How to Apply

All applications for the MSW must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS). Applications are made online, using the course code L508.

Applications are accepted from mid September for entry in September of the following year. Applications for those from the EU/UK should be submitted to UCAS by 31 March 2016.  International applications will be accepted until 31 May 2016. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. 

Practical experience in a social care setting is essential. Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is a requirement for commencing and remaining on the programme (further information on how to apply will be provided to successful applicants who accept a place on the course). Enrolled students must also be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

The Application Process

Most of the information we require from you will be provided on your UCAS form including:

  • details of relevant work experience
  • previous degrees and their classification
  • and a personal statement

Your personal statement should explain your motivation to undertake social work training at a postgraduate level at this time.  We also require an experience reference.  The person providing the experience reference should be someone who has an understanding of your values and communication skills and can comment on your suitability for social work.

Once all your documentation has been received and application complete, it will be reviewed and scored, points being awarded for evidence of academic ability, experience, knowledge & understanding of social work and readiness to engage in postgraduate study. 

Successful candidates will be invited to an MSW Information Session, details of which will be made available in due course.

Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Open Day (, where you will have an opportunity to meet with staff members of the Social Work team and learn more about the University.

Additional information for international students

The International Office provides a wide range of services to international students and there is a network of educational agents to assist you if required.