Nordic Master Programme in Social Work and Welfare

The University of Stavanger in Norway; Umeå University in Sweden and Aalborg University in Denmark combine their academic strengths to provide a state-of-the-art and tuition-free education, taught in English, within a Nordic equality and diversity context. Students spend one semester at each university and select among the institutions for the fourth semester thesis.


In a globalized world, with growing social diversity and increasing international migration, social workers face new challenges and demands. This unique, joint degree programme explores new approaches and methods that generate innovation, new knowledge and improved skills for the practice fields. Students learn about Nordic Welfare Models, welfare transition, innovation and user participation in an international classroom and develop new perspectives and understandings of the field of social work in a global perspective.

Throughout the master programme, students engange in the following:

  • Monitoring innovation processes and comparing innovation in welfare services
  • Identifying new ways to develop policies that promote equality and diversity
  • Exploring power issues from both theoretical and experiences based perspectives
  • Identifying empowerment strategies for increased user participation in welfare services
  • Comparing social work in different contexts and countries and adapting best practices
  • Developing new research approaches that focus on close collaboration between research, social work practice and service users – the practice research approach

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Stavanger
Fields of studySocial work and counselling
Tagssocial work
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