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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 should be submitted to UCAS by 15 February, though applications may be considered on a rolling basis after this date.

Entry requirements

Please note that applications for this programme are currently closed.  Please check back in October 2015 for the most up to date information on the entry requirements for this programme.

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 will also require two references.  One of these must be an academic reference and one of these must be 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 complet, it wil be reviewed and graded, points being awarded for evidence of academic ability, experience, knowledge & understanding of social work and readiness to engage in postgraduate study. Those who score most highly will be offered places immediately. Others will be kept on a waiting list and if a place becomes available will only then be offered.

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.

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