Master's Programme in Health and Welfare: Social Work, 120 credits

In the diversified field of Health and Welfare several professions from different subjects interact. As a student you will acquire in-depth knowledge with a focus on multidisciplinary research. This programme will prepare you for a challenging and succesful career in the health and welfare sector.

The Programme

The aim of the Master’s programme is for you to gain a broad understanding of the development of and the challenges facing the health and welfare sector in times of globalisation. You will also develop an understanding of management, teams and organisations, evidence-based practice and evaluation. Some courses are mandatory and are studied together with the PhD students in the field of Health and Welfare.

The specialisation in Social Work is focused on the study and understanding of social problems and special needs that shape the situation for individuals and groups. It involves studies of people of all ages and their life situations, living conditions and participation. The understanding of social issues draws upon system, power and rights perspectives, and the analysis is often intersectional. The aim of the specialisation is to develop a practical understanding of problem-solving and change processes for people in socially vulnerable situations. 

For the award of a Master’s degree you must complete a degree project of at least 30 credits or two such projects of at least 15 credits each. The objectives of this, as well as of the courses in research design and method, are for you to gain an in-depth scientific perspective in the area of health and welfare. Subjects for the degree project is offered by your chosen specialisation.

You will study individually, discuss the course content in seminars and also work in groups with other students. You will develop your ability to exchange, critically approach and appraise knowledge and research at a scientific level. After your graduation (Master’s degree 120 credits) you will be qualified to apply for PhD studies. The programme is organised on a two-year basis with the opportunity to finish after one year, thereby obtaining a one-year (60 credits) Master’s degree. It is possible to study half-time and complete the programme in four years.

Employment and Future Prospects

The knowledge acquired through this programme will significantly improve your current or forthcoming work in the growing international health and welfare sector. A profound knowledge of this sector will also be a key component in all future careers involving the promotion of health and well-being – nationally and internationally.