Social Services (Swedish)

Qualification awarded: Högre yrkeshögskoleexmen inom hälsovård och det sociala området, Geronom (högre YH)/Socionom (högre YH); equivalent to Master of Social Services and Health Care or Master of Social Services
Level of qualification: 2nd cycle
Scope: 90 ECTS credits
Duration: 2-4 years
Mode of study: part-time
Language of tuition: Swedish
Programme director: Åsa Rosengren

The Masters studies are targeted at graduates within the social services field that have operated for at least three years in working life and wish to extend their previous Bachelor degree with a Masters. The education provides a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities with the goal to develop the student’s prerequisites to operate in professional contexts with high requirements on independence or for research-, development- and innovation activities within the field.

The programme comprises 90 credits (ects) and 2-3 years of part-time studies. The studies are carried out through distance and contact studies with an average of two contact days per month and can be carried out alongside gainful employment. The education is web-based.

In order to meet the demands of working life on professional competence, the degree programme aims to provide you with the expertise required to change and develop activities, services and operational models for children, youth, adults and elderly in the welfare sector, both within public, private and non-profit organisations.

The degree programme is focused on social development activities, where social and pedagogical knowledge are essential. The student gains in-depth knowledge of circumstances and processes in late modern society that affect people’s living conditions and their participation. Operational strategies to develop and identify problems, develop resources and change living conditions through e.g. social mobilisation, empowerment and preventative and supportive change are focal points. Within the framework of the Master degree thesis the student has the option to profile their studies according to their own field of interest, e.g. children, youth and families, adults in and outside employment, elderly and care. The degree thesis is focused on development issues anchored in specific problems in the practical activities within the social field.

Career prospects / Placement in working life

After finishing the degree programme you can work with change- and development work within your present employment and as a leader for multi-professional organisations.

Research, development and innovation

The research-, development- and innovation activities within Arcada are primarily conducted within the profile areas that exist within the Department of Health and Welfare at Arcada. These are Health promotion, Patient safety and Social inclusion.

We strive for that the student performs as large a part of their studies as possible integrated with ongoing research-, development- and innovation activities. The basis for these activities is that they should be utilitarian. This entails that we embark from existing, needs-defined issues in working life and the society.

Further studies

Those who have completed a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences can apply to participate in licentiate- or doctoral studies at a university. The university assesses each application individually to ascertain whether the applicant has sufficient practical attainments to participate in university postgraduate education.

Last updated

26.8.2015