Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 176 000 SEK
First payment: 44 000 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. Integrating human rights knowledge with social work provides the opportunity for you to approach a career where you work towards policy change and social justice. The programme also prepares you well for future PhD studies..


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. The programme is offered to both foreign and Swedish students with different educational backgrounds closely related to Social Work and Human Rights. All courses are taught in English.

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.

Ongoing application round

First round of admissions results are published on July 16, 2021. Last day to reply to your offer is July 23, 2021, in your account in or

The second round of admissions results are published on July 29. No reply required.

Admissions (autumn 2022)

There are two application rounds. International applicants apply in the first application round. Swedish applicants and applicants who do not need a visa for studies can apply in the second application round.

First application round

The application period opens October 16, 2021.
The application is submitted at:
Application deadline for this round is January 15, 2022.

You need to support your application with formal documents, sent in by post/submitted digitally. Supporting documents include certified copies of:

•    BA degree in original language
•    BA degree in English
•    Official transcripts in original language
•    Official transcripts in English
•    Results from TOEFL, IELTS or other accepted English test 

You also need to submit a copy of your passport, but it does not need to be certified.

Second application round

The application period opens March 15, 2022.
The application is submitted at
Application deadline for this round is April 15, 2022.

Programme structure and content

The Master’s programme in Social Work and Human Rights is shared by the Department of Social Work and the School of Global Studies. The first three semesters are divided into two separate modules, one followed by the other. The fourth semester is dedicated to a research project which you will present in a master´s thesis.

1st year

• Social Work and Welfare Systems, 15 ECTS
• Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 15 ECTS
• Globalisation, Poverty and International Social Work, 15 ECTS
• Social Work Practice and Professionalization, 15 ECTS

2nd year

• Social Work, Service Users' Participation and Organization, 15 ECTS
• Research Theories and Methods, 15 ECTS
• Degree Report, 30 ECTS

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.

Local admissions


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.


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