Social Work at Durham provides postgraduate study at Masters and doctoral levels preparing students to address some of the most difficult social problems facing contemporary societies. Students are supported in their learning by academic and administrative staff, service users and carers, and practice educators. The Master of Social Work is characterised by research-led teaching in which staff use their own research knowledge and experience, and students are supported to learn and apply different methods of research throughout the programme. This approach to learning is designed to prepare students for practice in different settings. Studying social work at Durham enables students to learn about leading developments in the discipline, to gain practice confidence by working with a range of people who use services under the guidance of practice educators, and to contribute to improving the quality of life of those in need.