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Programme structure

In terms of content, the EMSW study programme has three main components:

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

The EMSW 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 partner universities. 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 university 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).

The programme of the European Master in Social Work

First semester

The core semester is divided in 2 blocks.

Block 1: 7 - 11 September 2015 in Groningen (the Netherlands)

  Block 1 Partner university No. of ECTS
  Introduction Groningen -
C1 English Communication: writing skills for social work Groningen 2
C2 Scientific competences Freiburg 5
  C2A: Scientific Competences - Therories of Social Work     


C2B: Scientific Competences - Research Methods 

C4 Distance learning Guest Lecturer from Bournemouth 1
C5 Project management Groningen 4
  Total   12


Block 2: 9 - 13 November 2015 in Odense (Denmark)

  Block 2 Partner university No. of ECTS
C3 Comparative social policy Odense  10

Second and third semester

During the second and third semester, students can choose 4 of the electives from the table below. During each block, you have a choice out of three or four electives.

  Elective Programme Partner university offering Political and Ethical developments Methods in Social Work No. of ECTS
E2 Intercultural social work Freiburg + Groningen   X 11
  E2A: Impact of Migration on Social work        
  E2B: Cross Culture        
  E2C: Applied Ethics        
E9 Community intervention in social work Málaga   X 11
  E9A: Social Policy and Social Welfare Organization in Spain        
  E9B: Psycho-Educational Intervention for Improvement School Life        
  E9C: Techno-Social Innovation for Health and Social Intervention        
E1 Gerontology Freiburg   X 11
E10 Social law and social protection in Europe Málaga   X 11
  E10A: Social Law and Protection        
  E10B: A Social Rights Approach from a European Administrative Law Basis        
  E10C: Applied Ethics        
E11 Problematic Drug and Alcohol Use Newcastle      11
E3 Social work and human rights Vilnius X   11
E5 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Groningen   X 11
E13 Children and Youth at Risk Odense + Groningen   X 11
E7 EU and social policy reform Odense X   11
E8 Knowledge development in social work Odense X   11
E4 Globalization, Europeanization and social policy Vilnius X   11
E6 Labour participation and social inclusion Groningen   X 11

Students will compare their experiences with experiences of their peer students abroad.

Fourth semester

The research-based thesis work concluding the programme is tutored and assessed by teaching staff of two partner universities. Again: the research will be related to the personal work environment of the students.

  Block 7 + 8: January 2016 Partner university No. of ECTS
T1 Final master thesis All partner universities 24

All separate modules can be seen under the link 'All modules' on this page.     

NB: You can also study a separate module!