Master Programme in Social Work 120 cr

The Master's programme in social work provides a deeper understanding of theories, methods and research in social work. The programme emphasises the human being as part of the social system, with a focus on knowledge of individuals, groups and society.

About the studies

The first semester begins with two compulsory courses of 15 credits each. One course is offered in our research profile ‘Health-promoting working life’ (Hälsofrämjande arbetsliv) and the other contains in-depth knowledge of research methods in social work. In the second semester, students have the opportunity to choose courses that interest them for a total of 30 credits. In semester three, students complete degree projects in the form of a Master’s thesis for 30 credits. In semester four, students have the opportunity to once again choose courses for a total of 30 credits. All courses are taught on a part-time basis, which means that students who wish to study full-time can take several courses in the same semester. There is also an option to write the degree thesis on a part-time basis.

Students who are admitted to the Master’s programme and who have studied advanced courses, such as within a social work programme or equivalent, may have the option to receive credit for these courses as part of the programme, provided that they correspond to one of the elective courses in the Master’s programme at the University of Gävle.

In addition to the elective courses given within the Master’s programme, students also have the option to choose from advanced level independent courses in social work that are offered at the University of Gävle.

The language of instruction is predominantly Swedish with parts of English. There is an opportunity to write the individual exam and other individual assignments in English. Some elective courses are conducted in English. In these courses you will be able to write individual exams and other individual assignments in Swedish

Students learn through literature studies, seminars, lectures, case studies, and guidance. The programme is offered as distance education. In this case, distance education means that students are expected to attend seminars and lectures at the University of Gävle about 5 times per semester.

After the studies

The program prepares students for advanced social work as well as provides access to further studies at the doctoral level which is offered at the University of Gävle.


  • Master of Arts/Science (120 Credits)

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Education plan

Application information


- Degree at the undergraduate level that includes at least 180 ECTS credits - 90 ECTS credits in the main area of social work or equivalent. In addition, knowledge of Swedish and English is required, corresponding to what is required for basic eligibility for Swedish higher education at the undergraduate level.


University credits


Application *
Spring 2023
Distance learning
2023 - 2025
Number of participants: 25
Location: Gävle
Application code: HIG-29201
Language: Swedish
Pace: Full-time

*) The online application at opens approximately one month before application deadline.

Published by: Maria Åstrand Swenneke Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2022-08-19
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