Working Life Studies

The studies in Working Life Studies at MDH are conducted within the Third-Cycle research domain Health and Welfare.


Working Life Studies at Mälardalen University is a multidisciplinary subject which has its basis in the social sciences and the humanities (behavioural science, economics, public health, history). Working Life Studies includes the scientific study of social processes in work and of conditions and opportunities in working life over time – from the individual’s, the workplace’s, the organisation’s and society’s perspectives. The importance of work for the development, wellbeing and health of people is central. Participation is regarded as a central concept in this context, and the gender perspective has a particular significance for studies inside and outside the welfare sector. Globalisation, ethnic, cultural and social diversity are other processes of central importance in working life today.

Research in Working Life Studies encompasses theories and methods for studies of social processes concerning individuals, groups and organisations in working life, as also the dependence on relevant contexts (e.g. society, culture). The research has an interdisciplinary interest which comprises development and change as well as preventive measures.

Research in Working Life Studies has points in common with research in public health science, care sciences and social work, which enables synergy effects in research findings, thereby broadening the understanding of the research domain.

Download the current syllabus for Working Life Studies - Health and Welfare (NA)

Download the GS for Working Life Studies for those admitted before June 13 2016 (pdf 394 kB)