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Social Work has a long tradition of successful social work education and research. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and research outputs and to support research informed practice. The attempt to break down traditional barriers between academics, practitioners and policy makers to ensure the best learning experience for our students.

Our diverse staff and students reflect our commitment to inclusion and participation in social work education. We are committed to developing critically reflective practitioners who can provide effective social work provision for the most vulnerable in our society within an anti-oppressive and critical social work framework.

We are part of the Department of Law and Criminology within Royal Holloway's School of Law and Social Sciences. This provides a close-knit, innovative and supportive learning environment for students wishing to study with a relatively small cohort. Our diverse and vibrant community is dedicated to criminal and social justice. Our aim is to help students reach their highest potential.

The unique strength of our community in the department is that it brings together so many exceptionally talented people of different backgrounds, interests, experiences, methodologies and perspectives in a subject mix which is stimulating and special in legal and social science education. 

We are built on strong traditions in the University in Criminology, Psychology and Sociology and we have excellent links in the world of criminal justice and forensics, and a commitment to making a difference in society.

Our inter-disciplinary department and school offer a number of undergraduate degrees in Law, Criminology and Sociology, Social Science, Criminology and Psychology, Economics, Politics and International Relations and Philosophy in addition to Masters degrees in Forensic Psychology, Social Work,  Advanced Practice In Social Work, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and Economics and Politics related degrees.

We have a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching, with national and international recognition of our expertise in issues associated with law, criminal justice, youth, health, multiculturalism and identity and being one of the largest providers of continuous postgraduate social work training in the South East, we also have a wealth of expertise in social work and health research.

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