Master's Degree Applied Research in Social Work

Full-time or part-time


The Applied Research in Social Work Master's Program focuses on the subjects research, planning, development, and leadership in order to qualify students for a contemporary and knowledge-based approach to social planning and work in social service organisations. The content of the Programme is a response the increasing demand for "grassroots-level" social pedagogues and social workers to hold these kinds of qualifications.


The methodical skills and specific knowledge required for empirical research need to be integrated into the actions and activities of social work. The term research is thus applied as a collective term for tasks related to the planning, evaluation, practical development and research into the practice of social work that occur e.g. in the functional units of youth welfare services and charities, at department management level in institutions, in urban development projects, at supra-regional level in the sponsoring organisations for youth work and rehabilitative healthcare, or at social work and healthcare management level.


Consequently, research work is always closely linked with the practice of social work. Against this backdrop, and particularly in view of the future of social work, research skills are an increasingly important leadership qualification and basis for management.



Program Details


Title Conferred: Master of Arts (M.A.)


Mode of Study: Full-time or part-time


Official Duration of Study Programme: 3 semesters of theoretical study in full-time; 6 semesters of theoretical study in part-time; 90 CP.



The course of studies covers four subject areas:


a) Organisation
Approaches of international organisation theory; analysis of organisational structures and processes; (reflection upon) the management of organisations; cooperation and networking in organisations;


b) Science
Focus on recent theoretical traditions with emancipative, critically materialist, social space-related, system theoretical, gender oriented, life-world based, and reflective approaches to social work; basic principles of life-world and everyday life orientation; theories of the structure of social space; traditions and perspectives of gender-oriented social work; use of research-based methods and techniques;


c) Values and Norms
Background knowledge on the social state as assistance in assuming a position in times of value change; ethical criteria for the design and implementation of research projects; ethically responsible strategies for organisational and staff development in social institutions;


d) Action
Skills in field-based practical research; research strategies; transfer between research, planning, and management; strategies for the implementation of research results; networking in the field of social and healthcare services.



Qualification Profile of the Graduate


The Master's Course of Studies covers the subject areas research, planning, development, and management, thus qualifying students for a contemporary and knowledge-based approach to social planning and the organisation of social services.


The research skills, the related scientific knowledge, and the personal competence students gain in the Master's Course of Studies qualify them for managing and leading positions in public or independent social service organisations.



Degree Program Head

Prof. Dr. Constance Engelfried
Room: K 305

Tel.: 089 1265-2359
Fax: 089 1265-2330

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Degree Program Assistant

Dr. Florian Schäffler
Room: KO 112

Tel.: 089 1265-2279
Fax: 089 1265-2330

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