Department of Social Work

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The Department of Social Work, University of Peshawar was established in 1976. Initially, it offered two years master programme in Social Work. In 1982-83, two more disciplines namely Anthropology and Sociology were introduced and the department was renamed as the Department of Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology. In 1994, it was bifurcated into the Department of Social Work and Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In 2009, three disciplines (Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies) were merged as an institute namely the Institute of Social Development Studies which was later on renamed as the Institute of Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies. In June 2014, the de-merger of the Institute took place and the status of independent departments was reinstated.

The Department of Social Work is the centre of thriving teaching and research activities. The department runs academic programmes of BS-4 year, two years M.A., M.Phil and PhD. Currently, there are eight teaching faculty members of whom three are holding PhD degree. The remaining faculty members are enrolled in M.Phil and PhD programme. The department is equipped with human resources and expertise in the field of research, criminology, criminal justice, drugs, public health, social policy, gender and development, demography, public health etc. There are over 300 students enrolled in the department in different academic programmes.

Beside teaching and research, the department regularly organizes seminars and workshops on different social problems confronting our society.

The Department of Social Work has also worked with numerous national and international organizations such as the UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, WWF, JICA, Health Net International UK, SPARC, Provincial Ombudsman Department, etc on different research projects.


To promote/restore mutually beneficial interaction between individual and society in order to improve the quality of life for everyone


  • Empower people/enhance the people’s problem solving capacities to resolve problems, copy and function effectively
  • Linking client with the needed resources
  • Improve social services delivery network
  • Promote social justice through development of social policy


The Department of Social Work is firmly committed to impart knowledge and skill of social welfare and social development to the student through teaching, research and field work experiences and to society in general and through policy formulation, seminars, capacity building, curriculum development and linkage with other national and international organizations.

Academic Exchange Programmes

Since its creation, the department has established numerous academic exchange programmes with various universities in other countries. Some of them are listed below:

  • School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, USA, in 1989
  • School of Social Work and Community Development, Gherad Mercator University, Duisberg, Germany, from 1997-99
  • Department of Gender Studies, University of Hull, UK in collaboration with Women Studies Centre, University of Peshawar, from 2000-03
  • Department of Social Work, Strathclyde University, Scotland in 2003

The main focus of these linkage programmes was on faculty and students exchange, capacity building, and curriculum development.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) Signed

The Department of Social Work has signed MoUs with the following organizations;

  • British Council Islamabad on “Active Citizen Programme” to train youth on how to develop and execute small scale projects (SAP)  (from 2009 – 2012).
  • SPARC Peshawar on extension lectures on child rights, child labour, juvenile justice system and child related issues (2012)
  • PAIMAN (NGO) on training youth with respect to their role in promoting peace, problem management and conflict resolution
  • IDEA (a local NGO) to train youth on leadership, communication skills and interview skills (March – June 2013)
  • Search for Common Ground Islamabad on “Pakistan Peace Initiative – Provincial Visions of Peace” on peace initiatives undertaken by the provincial governments at grass root level after the promulgation of 18th amendment (2014)
  • Community World Service (CWS) Asia on capacity building of students on peace building, democracy and governance, minority rights, youth empowerment, NGOs management, leadership and communication (2015)
  • Police School of Investigation, Police Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to train students on crime scene preservation, evidence collection, evidence preservation as per the modern day best practices, cellular forensic, geo tagging and geo fencing for planning crime control, preparation of case file and interview/interrogation techniques (2015).
  • Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on capacity development regarding Gender and Child Protection in Emergencies (2016).


Most Popular Social Work Career Fields

  • Medical/Public Health

  • Child Welfare/Protection

  • Special Education

  • Community Organization

  • School Social Work

  • Academicians

  • Social Welfare Department 

  • Mental Health

  • Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Working with Elderly People

  • Probation and Parole Officers

  • Researchers

  • Juvenile Justice

  • Policy Planners

  • Welfare of Prisoners

  • Labour Welfare