Social Work with Families and Children

University of Stavanger

24 months
9000 EUR/year
4500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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 internationally with interventions for vulnerable children and marginalized families. 


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.

Students who successfully complete Social Work with Families and Children at University of Stavanger will have acquired the following skills:

  • Create, organize and present professional social work knowledge, skills and arguments.
  • Define strategies for social inclusion.
  • Capacity-orientation in problem-solving and preventive missions.
  • Networking strategies for cooperation with civil society resources.
  • Collect, organize and analyse different kinds of information and data.
  • Capacity to communicate research findings, and other work and observation results.
  • Process scientific evidence to inform the public, participate in political dialogue and stimulate a broad and productive debate on current and alternative approaches to children and marginalized families' situations.
  • Work in teams applying democratic decision-making processes.
  • Sensitivity and adaptability to different kinds of environment contexts and specific situations.
  • Capacity to deal with time pressure and understanding of available resources.

The master's programme requires students to travel across a minimum of three different countries, which will provide them with adaptability capacities and sensitivity to understand and adopt an empathic attitude towards the different environments and cultures they will be in contact with.


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 and 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
  • Family and Migration
  • Family Law
  • Social Policy
  • Family Social Work Placement
  • Social Research Methodology
  • Social Work Methodology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Sholarship seekers: 31 January,
  • Self- financed students: 1 March




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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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.

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, Psychology, Law, History, Cultural Studies) 

Preference will be given to:

  • Applicants who can document knowledge of Family Social Work and empirical methods (modules completed at the undergraduate level, papers, essays and examination results are considered valid documentation).
  • Qualified applicants who, in addition, have relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2250 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

Currently, the MFAMILY Consortium charges the following participation costs:

  • 2250 EUR per semester for students from Erasmus+ programme countries.
  • Students from EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, the former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
  • 4500 EUR per semester for students from Erasmus+ partner countries.
  • All remaining countries.


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Social Work with Families and Children
University of Stavanger