Social Work with Families and Children

University of Stavanger

24 months
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Master in Social Work with Families and Children at University of Stavanger enhances your knowledge and your skills needed for working with interventions for vulnerable children and marginalized families. 

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You earn an education that provides unique knowledge and innovative competences for international comparative child and family social work. Furthermore, you explore the latest research and practices on social work interventions for vulnerable children and families.

This two-year Master in Social Work with Families and Children at University of Stavanger is jointly developed by ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal; University of Gothenburg (UGOT), Sweden; University of Stavanger (UiS), Norway and Makerere University (MU), Uganda. 

You spend the first semester Lisbon, Portugal, the second semester in Stavanger, Norway and the third semester in Gothenburg, Sweden before moving to one of the partner institutions to work on your master’s thesis.The language of instruction for the programme is English. Upon completion of the programme, you are awarded a joint degree by the MFAMILY consortium.


MFAMILY enhances your employability through the improvement of skills and knowledge in order to match the needs of EU actions to:

  • protect children from violence
  • other vulnerabilities as well as to work with the pressure on modern families.

After graduation you hold unique competences desired by local and national governmental institutions as well as from NGOs and private actors in the field of social work and social welfare.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociology of the Family
  • Families and Migration
  • Family Law, Social Policy
  • Family Social Work Placement
  • Social Research Methodology
  • Social Work Methodology
  • Children, Youth and Participation (including field placement)
  • Welfare State and Welfare Policy (including field visits)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline for self-financing applicants: 1 March 2020


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
Upper Second Class (recommended)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
62 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification in a related field is required (E.g. Social Work, Sociology, Social Sciences, Law, History, Cultural Studies)

Preference will be given to:

  • Applicants who can document knowledge of Family Social Work and empirical methods 
  • Qualified applicants who, in addition, have relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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