In a globalized world, with growing social diversity and increasing international migration, social workers face new challenges and demands. This unique, joint degree programme explores new approaches and methods that generate innovation, new knowledge and improved skills for the practice fields. You learn about Nordic Welfare Models, welfare transition, innovation and user participation in an international classroom and develop new perspectives and understandings of the field of social work in a global perspective. Throughout the master programme, you engange in the following:
- Monitoring innovation processes and comparing innovation in welfare services
- Identifying new ways to develop policies that promote equality and diversity
- Exploring power issues from both theoretical and experiences based perspectives
- Identifying empowerment strategies for increased user participation in welfare services
- Comparing social work in different contexts and countries and adapting best practices
- Developing new research approaches that focus on close collaboration between research, social work practice and service users – the practice research approach
Through in-depth knowledge and understanding of the comprehensive Nordic social welfare model, you will enhance the international and comparative discourses on social work practices within different welfare regimes. Potential future employers include social welfare agencies, non-profit organisations and private firms. You will be prepared to assume roles of supervisors and leaders in the global arena of social work and welfare.
- Welfare Practices and Social Work Theories
- Ethical Reflections in Contextual Social Work
- Nordic Models of Gender Equality and Welfare
- Migration, Integration and Ethnic Relations in Social Work
- Qualitative Methods in Social Work
- Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences
- Problem Based Learning
- Field Study
- Practice Research and Service User Perspectives
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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International students can only enroll for studies at the University of Stavanger once a year, in August
In order to be eligible for the Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare, a Bachelor’s degree with a specialization of at least 80 ECTS credits in one or more of the following subject areas or equivalent is required:
- Social anthropology
- Political Science
- Occupational therapy
- Development studies
Professional bachelor's degrees in the following areas also qualify for admission:
- Social work
- Social pedagogy
- Social education
- Child welfare
- Social care
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
All students are required to pay a semester fee of NOK 740 ($83) per semester. Umeå University and Aalborg University do not require you to pay a semester fee.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.