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Why study social work at Bath?

There are lots of reasons to study at Bath. Here are our top picks.

Up-to-date, relevant teaching


'One of the best things about Bath was the quality of the lecturers. They're still actively producing research; some are still actively working in social work.' - Gabriel Alves, BSc Social Work and Applied Social Sciences (graduated 2020)

Join a vibrant department


You’ll be based in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences - one of the UK's leading centres for social sciences.

The department is currently ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy research in the Times Higher Education (THE) REF 2021 Rankings, and Research Quality in Social Policy in the Complete University Guide 2023.

Our teaching team work closely with colleagues across the disciplines of sociology, social policy and international development. You'll benefit from their expertise and our fifty years of experience training social work practitioners at Bath.

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Enriched learning opportunities


You'll benefit from our long-established partnerships with numerous local councils and social care providers to offer a range of practice learning opportunities. You'll be fully supported throughout your work practice placements.

In addition, our formal partnerships with international institutes provide you with the opportunity for overseas fieldwork visits and study tours.

In recent years, there have been study tours to China, South Africa and India.

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Great student experience


Be part of a diverse community in a great location.

The University's campus is situated just on the edge of what is affectionately known as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Bath is also the safest city in England and Wales.

As a student, you could be living here, surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and Roman history. There is a thriving café culture with plenty of restaurants, a great range of shops, music venues, museums, and a huge number of festivals planned throughout the year.

Most of the key locations are in walking distance of the centre or if you want to travel further afield, there are easy transport links to Bristol or London.

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