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What is the European Master in Social Work?
The European Master in Social Work is a 2 year study programme in 6 countries in Europe leading to a Master degree in Social Work. In this study programme courses are 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.

European Master stops. After consultation of the Steering Group members the Executive Board of Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen has decided to phase out the European Master in Social Work in the next two years. No new students are accepted starting September 2016.

How will this European Master contribute to your career?
This Master course is meant for professionals, policy advisors and lecturers 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 and broaden your insights in Social Work in your own country. To ensure the quality of the programme there are admission requirements for students, which can be found in the admission section.

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Is the European Master in Social Work interesting for you?
It is especially designed for those who want to improve their skills in various fields, such as:

  • Intercultural Competences       
  • Community Development        
  • Healthy Ageing in Europe
  • Youth at risk
  • Labour and Social Inclusion     
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation        
  • Social Policy in Europe

In our curriculum you can find modules that combine studying, social work practice and intercultural experience in different countries.

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Sorry, you can no longer apply as the programme stops. After consultation of the Steering Group members the Executive Board of Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen has decided to phase out the European Master in Social Work in the next two years. No new students are accepted starting September 2016. Please contact w.l.nieuwenhuijsen@pl.hanze.nl for advice on alternatives.

What do other people think about this Master Course?

The complete Master course is reviewed by the European Agency for Education. All parts of the content, the quality of the teaching staff as well as the management were evaluated and only marked as good and excellent! If you want to read more about the final report assessment, just click here.

The students

Successful start of the second course on Monday September 8, 2014, in Groningen, the Netherlands
A new group of students of 8 different nationalities met in Groningen for the first meeting week of the European Master in Social Work. It was a huge success. The next time they will all meet will be from November 24-28 in Odense, Denmark.
In the meantime the new students will communicate with each other and with their lecturers via the E-learning platform.

The first course was launched in Groningen, the Netherlands, in September 2013

Students of 7 different nationalities started last September with the European Master in Social Work in Groningen. After an intensive week of instructions, sharing professional knowledge and cultural events they continued their studies online. In November they met again for another intensive week in Odense, Denmark.

What do the current students think about this Master?

Lina (Lithuania): “I am so glad to be a student of this European Master, because it makes me feel part of an international Social Work community which can make significant changes and improvements to the future of the field of Social Work.”

Kirstine (Denmark): "The European Master in Social Work broadens my horizon by giving me insight in social policies and practices in a European comparative perspective. Through the exchange of experiences between national and professional contexts, with the programme’s competent teachers and my dedicated co-students, I am getting a more subtle view of possible responses to social challenges." 

Eleni (Greece):“For me this is a master programme in social work from a European perspective. This means that it is an opportunity for social workers to cooperate with policy makers! It is a different approach to social work from what we already knew.”



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