Social work

Social work strengthens the conditions that promote well-being, the functionality of communities, and individuals’ ability to function at different stages of life. People graduate from the major subject of social work with the degree of Master of Social Sciences and the qualifications for the position of social worker, the ability to work as a researcher, and an extensive general education in social sciences.

By studying social work, you will gain all-around knowledge about society, the welfare of people and communities and welfare gaps, as well as factors that cause inequality. Internationality and the connection between theory and practice are important to us, which is why the studies also include practical training. We train social workers with an investigative approach to work, ethical thinking, and a strong professional identity.

As a social worker, you can work in municipal social and health care services, organisations, the private sector and in specialist and development positions in different organisations in fields such as child welfare, adult social work, health care and rehabilitation.

At the University of Eastern Finland, you can study social work as a major subject at our Kuopio Campus.

Social work also provides specialisation studies in welfare services together with the University of Helsinki, and it participates in social services specialisation studies in child care, youth and family work coordinated by the University of Turku.