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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Programme Overview

The value of studying social work at Durham

The Durham Master of Social Work is a 21 month programme engaging students with the knowledge, skills and values that underpin social work practice with individuals, groups and communities.

Academic study is complemented by two practice placements with different service user groups. Practice experience to enable you to understand statutory interventions with children and families or ‘vulnerable adults’ is complemented by opportunities for innovative practice in the voluntary and independent sectors in areas such as family justice, homelessness, substance use, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, community interventions and self-advocacy.

With strong involvement of service users, carers and practice partners throughout the programme, the Master of Social Work provides strong foundations for practice in any field of social work.


The Durham MSW: local and global perspectives

Our approach to social work education reflects the connections between individuals, their families and communities. We are proud to offer students broad foundations for social work practice that go beyond contemporary concerns with single service user groups. Underpinned by the global definition of social work the MSW emphasises the connections between local and global issues in social work.


Excellent employment prospects

Demand for Durham MSW graduates is very strong. The programme opens doors to employment in government and non-government organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Recent Durham MSW graduates have been able to transfer their registration to other countries including Australia, Canada, Scotland and the USA.


Further research and teaching

For those interested in pursuing careers in social work research and teaching, the production of an empirical dissertation in the final year of the programme provides invaluable grounding for doctoral training and routes into employment in research and in higher education.



Contact us

T: +44 (0)191 334 1473

E: msw.office@durham.ac.uk