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Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
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1 Closed GU-67999 2 Closed GU-17998
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

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 Department of Global Studies. It 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

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: 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.

Selection: 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.)

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 170 000 SEK
First payment: 42 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

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Department of Social Work
Box 720
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Sprängkullsgatan 25

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