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100 years of teaching social work

We have been teaching social work at the University of Edinburgh for over 100 years. Our graduates work throughout the world to make a real difference in the communities in which they live.

Our work has been ranked the UK's number one for the third year in a row in the Complete University Guide 2021 league table. We were also top in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

We are a diverse and international community of staff and students, providing a range of educational opportunities for both intending and qualified social workers, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (BSc, MSW, MSc by Research, PGCert and PhD), and others who are interested in social issues (MSc, PhD).

Local, national and international influence

We work with local and international partners on all our teaching programmes, to ensure that our teaching reflects our commitment to social work values, ethics and social justice.

Our research reflects the wide ranging experience of our staff and postgraduate researchers and, with the help of our partners, our findings and knowledge exchange makes a difference across the world.

To find out more about our work since 1918, visit our centenary website.

Social Work at Edinburgh

Hear some of our graduates talk about their experiences of studying social work at Edinburgh.