Social Work and Welfare

In a globalized world, with growing social diversity and increasing international migration, social workers face new challenges and demands. While moving between campuses in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, students learn about Nordic Welfare Models, welfare transition, innovation and user participation. Students spend one semester at each university and select among the institutions for the fourth semester thesis.   The Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare is newly established, and coordinated by the University of Stavanger. Partner institutions are the University of Aalborg, Denmark, and the University of Umeå, Sweden. The social work teaching staff include sociologists, psychologists, social pedagogues, social workers and lawyers. They are involved in national and international research projects on welfare services, immigration, family complexities in different welfare regimes and user involvement research.   The programme includes field visits and field studies that introduce students to potential future employers in Scandinavia. Through in-depth knowledge and understanding of the comprehensive Nordic social welfare model, students will enhance the international and comparative discourses on social work practices within different welfare regimes. Students will be prepared to assume roles of supervisors and leaders in the global arena of social work and welfare.
Application deadline January 31
Formal prerequisites

A Bachelor's degree with a specialization of at least 80 ECTS credits in one or more of the following subject areas is required:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social anthropology
  • Political science
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Development studies

Applicants who have a professional Bachelor's degree in Social work, Social pedagogy, Social education, Child welfare can also be considered for admission.

Proficiency in English on an advanced level is required and must be documented. For more information, please visit the programme's website.

Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Stavanger
Credits 120.0