First cycle

The Social Work programme  at Uppsala University is a broad programme in the social sciences of the equivalent of 3.5 years of full-time study. It is a generalist programme that equips students with the knowledge of scientific theories and methods and broad knowledge in social work as both an academic discipline and a profession. Specialisation is offered through optional second-cycle courses.

As a qualified social worker, you meet people of all ages, and as an occupational group, social workers are found in many different spheres of activity. These include municipal social services, treatment centres and residential treatment and care homes, schools, within health care, rehabilitation and care, with prisons and in other residential institutional care for children and young people. Social work is also done in the third sector and by private actors.

Social work as a main field of study largely coincides with the professional sphere of qualified social workers and work with people in vulnerable life situations. Concepts such as the individual, well-being, social welfare, help and support, and socio-political context and environment are central in the programme, and the importance of a comprehensive view of the individual is emphasised. The values taught in social work are based on a humanistic view of mankind and an ethical attitude that emphasises human rights.

The programme is rooted in the social sciences research and social work as a practice. Themes that permeate the programme include power, human rights, and socially sustainable development – all of which are highlighted using research and experiences drawn from practical social work.

The Social Work programme leads to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 credits), which is a professional qualification that concludes in semester 7 at second-cycle level. It is also possible to apply for a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (180 credits) at the end of semester 6 of the programme.

Second cycle

At second-cycle level, the Centre for Social Work (CESAR) offers a Master’s programme in addition to freestanding courses in social work. 

The Master’s Programme in Social Sciences specialising in social work gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of social work, and the interaction between individuals and groups. You will immerse yourself in the theories and methodologies of the subject area as well as current research in the field of social work. Courses can be oriented towards concrete initiatives targeting social problems and also towards understanding the causes and prevalence of those problems. This can include the following areas: children and young people, domestic violence, substance abuse, social gerontology and functional diversity.

The programme is suitable both for those preparing to undertake research and as continuing professional development for those working in the field of social work. The programme offers the opportunity to enhance your skills in advanced evaluation, investigation and development work, which are currently key elements of social work practice in both the public and private sectors. You will also expand your understanding of social work in both voluntary settings and organisations.

As part of the programme, you will study subject area or themed specialisation courses in parallel with second-cycle courses offered in other disciplines. Furthermore, there are several courses included in the programme that are designed to equip you with skills in theory and methodology. 

Within all of the programme's specialisations, you learn about processes of change at different levels of society and how to conduct your own studies based on solid social science analysis.

Second-cycle freestanding courses.

CESAR also offers the following second-cycle courses as freestanding courses: 

The following courses are offered during the first half of the autumn semester:

Gerontological Social Work, 7.5 credits (2sc153)

Social Work: Research and Practice, 7.5 credits (2sc158)

Social Work with Children, Youth and Family, 7.5 credits (2sc155)

The following courses are offered during the second half of the autumn semester:

Disability: Social Science Perspectives, 7.5 credits (2sc156)

Substance Abuse and Dependence: Social, Biological and Individual Perspectives, 7.5 credits (2sc154)

Domestic Violence, 7.5 credits (2sc157)

Doctoral education (third-cycle) at CESAR

CESAR began offering doctoral-level education in the autumn semester of 2018. The programme consists of courses worth a total of 75 credits, and an independent doctoral thesis project worth a total of 165 credits. Thesis work takes place in the active research setting provided by CESAR, which is further enriched by the fact that the centre is part of the Department of Sociology. The programme is run in partnership with the doctoral education programme in sociology, which means that doctoral students in sociology and social work often take courses together and participate in joint seminars. The Department offers a rich collegiate environment for research with multiple specialist seminar groups and offers supervision and collaboration with a large number of experienced researchers.

Studentorganisation vid CESAR

Socionomus är Socionomprogrammets studentförening som arbetar för gemenskap och organisation för studerande och alumner inom Socionomprogrammet och socialt arbete vid Uppsala Universitet. Dess främsta syfte är att samla studenter vid festligheter, aktiviteter och för att lyfta fram och driva gemensamma frågor. Föreningen fungerar som en länk mellan studenter och berörda institutioner på universitetet samt erbjuder kontakter med arbetslivet.

Last modified: 2022-10-25