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Social Work at York

We are proud to be one of the leading UK centres for teaching and research. 

We offer a stimulating teaching and research environment in an open, informal and friendly setting and  warmly welcome students and researchers from all over the world, as well as the UK.

The city of York itself was the site of one of the world’s first scientific studies of poverty, Seebohm Rowntree’s Poverty: A study of Town Life (1901). This groundbreaking work was reprinted with a preface by Professor of Social Policy, Jonathan Bradshaw in 2001.

Professor John Hudson - Head of Department

About Social Work

Social Work

Social workers aim to protect vulnerable people from abuse, neglect or self-harm and to help to enhance their well-being and quality of life.

Practice Education in Social Work

Practice educators play an important role in the education of new social workers, offering guidance and assessing students’ first-hand experiences of becoming a social worker.

Our teaching

We have a world class teaching community, and consistently achieve high rankings in national and international university league tables. Our Service User and Carer Participation and Advisory (SUPA) Group influence our teaching and support students and staff.

On successful completion of our qualifying Social Work degree programmes, you'll be entitled to apply to register with the Health and Social Care Professions Council, to be able to be a social worker in England.

SUPA Group members work with students and staff to promote understanding of service user and carers' experiences.

Undergraduate study

Our academics carefully design our courses so that you get the most from your time working with teaching staff or studying on your own. You’ll understand what you’re aiming for and why at every stageof study.

You’ll also feel confident about applying the skills and knowledge you learn throughout your course to new situations, such as placements or jobs.

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Postgraduate study

Join us and learn how we are working to tackle the big issues that affect society at a local, national and global level.

Our research informs our teaching and covers a broad range of subjects including child welfare, poverty, health and social care, global policy, mental health, housing policy and crime.

One of our key strengths is our collaborative approach as we work with a wide range of stakeholders such as governments, campaigning organisations, public sector and businesses. As part of this approach we engage with citizens, service users and carers.

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100% of our leavers were in employment 15 months after their course

Graduate Outcomes 2017/18 (HESA)

Your career

Our graduates can register to become a Social Worker or consider a career in other areas of health and social care.

Find out where a degree in Social Work could take you.

We are part of the Yorkshire Urban Rural Teaching Partnership, working closely with local councils and the University of Huddersfield. The partnership collaborates to develop, inspire and sustain highly-skilled and confident social workers to improve outcomes for children, adults, families and communities.

Mental health social research

Mental health and wellbeing are among the most significant issues confronting society on a global scale. 

We conduct collaborative research at our International Centre for Mental Health Social Research (ICMHSR), meeting the need for research into the social, economic and cultural factors that enhance mental wellbeing and support recovery from mental distress.

ICMHSR themes and activites    Explore SPSW research

We hold a Bronze Athena Swan Award

"Receiving an award means a huge amount of analysis and self-reflection has taken place in these departments to understand where they can make changes to tackle the everyday barriers that still exist in the pursuit of true gender equality."

Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement, and Chair of the Athena Swan Steering Group.

Read more about the Athena Swan Charter and our SPSW A Swan submission (PDF , 2,946kb) and action plan.