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School of Applied Social Sciences

Master of Social Work

“I was firstly drawn to the University because of the excellent reputation it had particularly in relation to the Social Work course. I was delighted when I was accepted as a student and was not disappointed in my expectations. This course delivers a variety of academic and practical skills which equip you well for employment and which I am continuing to develop now that I have secured a social work role. There was excellent support from both my colleagues on the course, but especially from the tutors and lecturers, who I found were approachable, supportive and extremely knowledgeable. When attending interviews after leaving the course, the Master of Social Work from Durham was clearly well-regarded and I am very proud to have been a Durham student. I would recommend the course and university to anyone who is interested in Social Work.”

Victoria Malone Master of Social Work 2012-2014
European Union
Information for current and prospective applicants can be found here.

Graduates of the 2014-2016 Master of Social Work following their graduation ceremony in Durham Cathedral.

A few remaining places for October 2017 entry are still available. For enquiries, please contact Jane Wistow at jane.wistow@durham.ac.uk.

Life changing experience: Between 19-21 October 2016 Durham MSW and International Social Work students and staff attended a conference on the Role of Social Work in Peace Building Processes in Cyprus. We heard the experiences of families affected directly by the conflict and community negotiators from each side of the border. We were also able to see the forensic work of the Committee for Missing Persons, and to hear about street work interventions with young people.


If you are thinking about applying to Durham University, a great way to explore the wealth of opportunities on offer is to come and visit us. Open days and events for postgraduates are offered throughout the year, or you can explore the University site on your own with the help of our self-guided tours. For more information, click here.