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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Innovation and Research for Social Work and Social Education

In this master students will acquire knowledge and skills that open extensive professional opportunities in the fields of social work. The programme emphasizes the development of research skills and competences for the innovative management of social services.

Course description

In South Tyrol, special attention has traditionally been paid to the welfare of citizens. At a time when the challenges for social services are growing faster than the resources available, innovative approaches are needed while resources must be used in an effective and sustainable way. The aim of this programme is to educate social work professionals who can plan, implement and evaluate the participatory and innovative development of social services. The master programme is aimed at graduates of bachelor programmes as well as at experienced professionals with an interest in further studies in social work.

Courses will definetely be starting

unibz guarantees to all candidates that courses will start as planned in Fall 2020 and that no student will be left behind. The Faculties are working on a plan to ensure that teaching will continue to take place. A mixture of simultaneous online and in-presence classes will probably be the formula for the winter semester.

At a glance

Italian degree class: LM-87
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 20 EU + 2 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: € 1.348,50 per year

Structure of the course

In addition to the core areas of social work and social policy, the curriculum is enriched by courses in law, economics and administration as well as psychology, ethics, anthropology and pedagogy, which are tailored to the educational objectives of the programme. Its structure fosters the development of students’ own research projects and provides various skills needed for the innovative management of social services.

The programme offers a pedagogical and didactic perspective based on blended learning that allows an optimal integration between time and activities in the classroom and online as well as in active, collaborative and flexible environments, which focus on the students and their specific needs.


Degree Course director: Prof. Kolis Summerer
Student Representative in the Course Council: ---

Exchange programmes and internships

At the moment we are partnered with more than 30 universities all over the world and part of a large collaboration network with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake your compulsory internship of a minimum of 200 hours

Career opportunities

Graduates will work in management and advisory positions in public and private social services as well as in related areas of education and health care. They are particularly qualified for research-based planning, development and evaluation of innovative forms of service provision and organisation in all fields of social work. They have professional attitudes and skills for working with vulnerable people affected by social inequalities, exclusion and discrimination, as well as skills for innovative social planning and social policy making.

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Verena Massl

Youth Counselor, netz | Offene Jugendarbeit

Working and studying at the same time is a big challenge, but made possible through the structure and flexibility of this master. It was my desire to study at a small university in order to benefit from the good student-professor ratio. Moreover, the course prepares you for a PhD in the field of social work or social education.


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Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Subject to accreditation of the Ministry.

Early Bird Application

Application: 02/03 - 28/04/2020 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 15 - 22/04/2020 (registration 31/03 - 07/04/2020)
Admission procedure: 12/05/2020
Publication of ranking lists: by 18/05/2020
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 28/05/2020 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 15/07 - 16/10/2020 (by noon local time)

Late Application

Application: 20/05 - 09/07/2020 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 29/06 - 03/07/2020, if necessary, also on 04/07 or 06/07 (registration 20/05 - 25/06/2020)
Admission procedure: 23/07/2020
Publication of ranking lists: by 29/07/2020
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/08/2020 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 29/07 - 16/10/2020 (by noon local time)

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 07 - 25/09/2020 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Day: 29/09/2020

1st semester

Classes: 28/09 - 23/12/2020
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 23/12/2020
Holidays: 24/12/2020 - 06/01/2021
Classes: 07/01 - 16/01/2021
Exams: 18/01 - 13/02/2021

2nd semester

Classes: 22/02 - 01/04/2021
Holidays: 02/04 - 05/04/2021
Classes: 06/04 - 12/06/2021
Exams (extraordinary session): 17 - 29/05/2021
Exams: 14/06 - 10/07/2021

Autumn session

Exams: 23/08 - 25/09/2021

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).