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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Social Work


Social workers are professionals whose job is to work with people experiencing difficulties in their personal and family lives. They deal with many different issues arising, for example, from poverty and deprivation, or relationship problems in families, or drug abuse. They arrange care for adults with disabilities and older people, work with health workers in hospitals and the community, and assist the courts in dealing with people who commit offences.

The main aims of Social Work at The University of Edinburgh are two-fold: to prepare social workers for professional practice, and in doing so, to improve the lives of those who use social work services. The Social Work qualification is recognised throughout the UK, and  graduates have been able to secure employment in other countries such as Canada, Australia, Ireland and USA. Our degree programmes are approved by the Scottish Social Services Council, the social work regulatory body in Scotland. 

Further Information

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