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Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights

Avancerad nivå
2 år
120 högskolepoäng (hp)
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Ansökan stängd. Sen anmälan öppnar 15 juli 2021.

Kort om programmet

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.

Om utbildningen

The Master’s Programme in Social Work and Human Rights is one of the most applied for international master’s programmes at the University of Gothenburg. It is a full-time (120 ECTS) programme, accessible for both international and Swedish students.

During the programme, the students will achieve a deeper knowledge about social work and human rights in a global perspective as well as gain extensive comprehension of current research and developmental work in the area. Through field placement, the students get the opportunity to experience social work in a foreign country with focus on ethics, values and intervention.

The programme contains several moduls including seven courses:

  • Social Work and Welfare Systems
  • Human Rights: an interdisciplinary approach
  • Research Theories and Methods
  • Social Work Practice and Professionalization
  • Social Work, Service Users Participation and Organisation
  • Globalisation, Poverty and International Social Work
  • Degree Report

Behörigheter och urval


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.)

Efter studierna

Possibilities after a degree of Science in Social Work and Human Rights can vary a lot. Some of our former students now work in international organizations, such as the UN and EU institutions.  Some work within social work at national level authorities or in NGO´s. The programme aims at creating a platform for the international job market within bigger organizations in social work and human rights. It is also an excellent base for PhD studies.

Så är det att plugga


Students of the programme studies in various forms during their programme. Lectures, seminars and study visits are combined with group work and individual assignments. A five week long field placement is included intending for an understanding of social work in its context - being in a Swedish organization, authority or perhaps in an organization abroad.