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Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 174 000 SEK
First payment: 43 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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This two-year international master’s programme focuses on the intersection between social work and human rights. By intertwining the two fields, the aim is to provide students with a unique perspective on human rights issues and social development in all levels of society.


The master’s programme in Social Work and Human Rights is shared by the Department of Social Work and the School of Global Studies. It is one of the most applied for international master’s programmes at the University of Gothenburg. Integrating human rights knowledge with social work provides the opportunity for students to approach a career where they work towards policy change and social justice. The programme also prepares you well for future PhD studies.

What you will learn

During the course of the programme, you will achieve deeper knowledge about social work and human rights from a global perspective and gain extensive comprehension of current research and developmental work in the area. Active participation is a key component for successful studies in this programme.

The majority of teachers involved in the programme are researchers active in the field, ensuring that your coursework will be updated with the latest research. Guest lecturers come from different parts of the world as well as other departments of the university, providing a wealth of diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Hands-on opportunities

Through a mandatory field placement, you will get the opportunity to experience social work in a foreign country with focus on ethics, values, and intervention. 

Programme structure and content

Semester 1

  • Social Work and Welfare Systems 
  • Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach 

Semester 2

  • Globalization, Poverty, and International Social Work 
  • Social Work Practice and Professionalization 

Semester 3

  • Social Work, Service Users’ Participation, and Organization 
  • Research Theories and Methods 

Semester 4

  • Degree Report 

Who should apply?

Would you like to acquire a degree in Social Work and Social Theory? In addition to deepening your knowledge in Human Rights?

Maybe your goal is to work within an international organization or network, where the Human Rights persepective is a valued skill.

Do you wish to pursue a PhD in Social Work or conduct research as part of your career?

If you have a Bachelor´s Degree in Social Work or a closely related subject, the Master´s Programme in Social Work and Human Rights could be the right opportunity for you.

Prerequisites and selection


A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, or a Bachelor's Degree in related topics. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Students with a degree in Social Work and/or Human Rights are favored in competition with students with degrees in related subjects. (This only applies to students from countries where it is possible to obtain a degree in Social Work and/or Human Rights.)

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Social Work and Human Rights.