Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

Social Care

This pathway draws on the experience of researchers in Scottish institutions, tapping into their local, national and international links with academics, policymakers and practitioners. The Social Care pathway builds on established Scottish-wide networks such as the cross- institution consortium Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and the recent development of the Scottish hub of the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) which brings together Economics, Geography, Social Policy and Sociology to study the complex interrelationship of ageing, fertility and migration in Scotland's demography. The CPC research programme explicitly includes work on social care. The pathway also links to the ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science node at Stirling (DAMES), which also has a social care research component.

The pathway is complementary to the Social Work pathway and has a particular focus on social work practice and professional dimensions of social care research. It engages with the interdisciplinary pathways in 'Health' and 'Families, Relationships and Demographic Change', since these cover research issues that overlap with those of Social Care.

The pathway builds on existing training routes with additional specialist modules focused on social care. The aim is to support students to engage as researchers with debates about family and community input to social care, the costs of social care, the equity of different models of provision, comparative perspectives on social care and issues concerning data collection, data quality and data analysis. The pathway includes provision for students to acquire expertise in particular areas of social care including ageing and dementia, housing and care, the management of care, child and adult protection, demography and the economics of social care.

Study is structured on a 1+3 basis through an MSc by Research in year 1 and on a +3 basis for applicants who have already achieved required levels of research training. The following institutions are members of the Social Care pathway: