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European Master in Social Work

Degree type
Language of education
English (100%)
18 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
University of Applied Sciences

Program description

The European Master in Social Work is a 2 years study program in 6 countries in Europe to graduate you as a Master in Social Work. In this study program courses are being offered from a European perspective on social inclusion and combating poverty. There are modules offered on various welfare systems and different approaches of Social Work in different parts of Europe. The total study load over two years is 90 ECTS.

The European Master in Social Work is intended for professionals in Social Work, which means that people who have practical experience (as a professional or as volunteer) can apply for this Master. Your practical experience and your needs for improving your practice will be used during your study. This will enhance good quality and the possibilities for "student centered learning" in your own practical field. You will share knowledge with peer students and social institutions from many countries in Europe, which is helpful to deepen en broaden your insights in Social Work in your own country. To ensure the quality of the programme there are admission requirements for students these can be found in the admission section.

European Master of Social Work Program Content

In terms of content, the European Master in Social Work study program has three main components:

  • Political and ethical developments in Social Policy and Social Work in Europe
  • Methods in Social Work
  • Applied research in Social Work, running through the entire programme (longitudinal approach)

The European Master in Social Work curriculum consists of four semesters: the core semester, two semesters of electives and the thesis semester. Students have to follow the core semester, four electives within the two semesters, write a thesis, and have to study at at least two partners. The study load is 90 ECTS in total; one ECTS representing 28 hours of study load for the student.

The semesters are divided in two parts (blocks). Each block starts with an intensive week of study at the partner offering the core or elective programme. This also offers students the opportunity to extensively discuss and share their (working) experiences and approaches, which they continue 'at home' via the blended learning environment. After that week, students work on their assignments in the context of their own work environment, tutored by the teaching staff by distance learning techniques (blended learning).

European Master of Social Work Educational Concept

  • Competence based learning: the focus of the study programme is on professional roles, professional competences and professional tasks.
  • Integrated learning: Knowledge, skills and attitude needed to perform the professional roles adequately.
  • Blended learning. Blended learning is essential to the study programme. Each block starts with an intensive week where students and staff are together, followed by ten weeks of study (assignments) within the personal work environment of the students, tutored by staff, and cooperating with fellow students where feasible, by distance learning techniques. Also, learning tools such as weekly online discussions and debates, skype/video conferences, web research, comparison of international standards based on collaborative research and analysis undertaken by students from different countries are aspects of the blended learning environment.
  • Student centered learning - flexible study paths. As stated above, students can choose a study path suited to their own professional needs and experiences. Students will meet a growing responsibility for their personal learning goals.
  • International environment. The whole study programme is truly international/European in character. International student groups are composed at the beginning of each block. This gives students the opportunity to compare their social work practice in different countries.The international study environment is enhanced by an international group of teaching staff. In the core semester, most of the electives and in the thesis there are teachers from different countries working together in one programme.
  • Intercultural competences. The design of the programme also contributes to the acquisition of (personal) intercultural competences. Students will cooperate with students and teaching staff from other countries, and will physically study in at least two countries (in practice often more than two, in view of the large number of electives). This leads to a continuous intercultural interaction. A number of staff with specific expertise in intercultural communication will act as 'intercultural coaches' for the students, in case these might wish to have feed back or advice on this. Also, the teaching staff will profit from the international composition of both student body and fellow staff. This will continuously add to their intercultural competences as well, thus improving their teaching capabilities. The staff with specific expertise in intercultural communication will also act as 'sparring partners' or coaches for the others, in case these might wish to have feed back or advice on this.

European Master of Social Work Scholarships

Students who apply for admission to the European Master of Social Work can also apply for a scholarship if their financial positions do not allow them to pay the whole fee by themselves, from their own resources and no other funding can be found. The employer is required to submit a statement indicating what the organisation will contribute to the study costs of the employee-student.

Only students from countries of the consortium partners (Bulgaria, Lithuania, Spain, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands) can apply for a scholarship. The maximum number is 3 from each country. Each year € 50,000 will be reserved for scholarships

Alternative, you can check the scholarship section for funding alternatives to the European Master of Social Work

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