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Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights 120 credits

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 perspective 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.

Programme structure

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


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, 2020.
The application is submitted at: www.universityadmissions.se
Application deadline for this round is January 15, 2021.

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, 2021.
The application is submitted at www.antagning.se
Application deadline for this round is April 15, 2021.