Department of Social Work

The department of social work is an education- and research unit with 85 employees and over a 1000 students. In the department we have a bachelor program in social work and several courses on bachelor- and master level. We also have a PhD-program. Our research is mainly in social work and our research holds a unique quality of both width and depth.

The vast majority of our courses and our Bachelor Program are taught in Swedish, but some of our courses are taught in English (for information about our courses in English please click on the icon ”Education”). The majority of our students attend our Bachelor Program in social work.

You can find information about courses, programs, research, international cooperation and other important issues on our website. If you cannot find the information that you are searching for, or if you want to know more about something, please contact the relevant contact person at the department.

Nordic Master Programme in Social Work and Welfare

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 in an international classroom and develop new perspectives and understandings of the field of social work in a global perspective.  

The University of Stavanger, Umeå University and Aalborg University combine their academic strengths to provide state-of-the-art education within a Nordic equality and diversity context. While moving between campuses in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, students learn about Nordic Welfare Models, welfare transition, innovation and user participation.

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 practive and service users – the practice research approach

You'll find more information here

Application is open December 1th to March 1th

More about the application here


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Department of Social Work
Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå 

Tel:  +46 90 7869870

Fax:  +46 90 7867662

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