Social Policy and Social Work

Department of Social Policy and Social Work (logo on Reception wall)

Social Policy, Social Work, Applied Social Science and Public Management - find out more

Research dissemination activities: Making Research Count and Research Events

An international reputation for social research making a difference locally, nationally and internationally 

Students undertaking the Murder Investigation policy-practice case study in a 3rd Year module.

Committed to teaching quality - 100% student satisfaction for BA Social Policy, NSS 2013

MA in Social Work - Places available

There are places available for suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the MA in social work. All of our allocated NHS bursaries have been distributed for 2014 entrants, but we do have places for candidates who are able to fund their studies without the addition of NHS funding, including international students. Call us now on 01904 321234 or 01904 321227.

Studying with us

Students in lecture


Student wins Frances Sheldon Award

Posted on Monday 18 August 2014

Congratulations to MA Social Work student Craig Burrows for his winning dissertation entry “An Assisted Dying Law in the UK”

Graduation July 2014

Posted on Friday 18 July 2014

86 undergraduates, 34 postgraduates and 3 PhD students graduate from SPSW this July.

York hosts third international seminar on child maintenance

Posted on Tuesday 8 July 2014

ESRC seminar series looking at international perspectives and policy challenges

Postgraduate scholarships

Three students in the SRB courtyard

PGWTs for 2014-15

Apply to be a postgraduate who teaches for 2014-15.



Fun and Mental Health - ICMHSR Seminar

This seminar will discuss two projects which aim to use gaming or humour to engage with mental health issues.


Troubled families; research, policy and practice

In 2011 the government’s flagship ‘Troubled Families Programme’ (TFP) was launched. The TFP has been placed high on the political agenda for action with the intention that by 2015, 120,000 troubled families will have been ‘turned around'. (DCLG, 2013) Aniela Wenham of the University of York and Steve Crossley of Durham University present their research findings.

Welcome to SPSW

3rd Year Students in a Seminar

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work at York is one of the leading UK centres for teaching and research in social policy, social work and professional development for public managers.

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