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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Innovation and Research for Social Work and Social Education

By choosing this study programme, you will gain competences in the management of social services - state-funded or private - and you will also improve your research skills.

Course description

South Tyrol has a long tradition of being attentive to the needs and the well-being of its citizens. At a time in history in which the resources allocated for welfare are increasingly limited, administrators have to combine the effectiveness of social support programmes with their financial sustainability. The goal of this study programme is to train the professionals who will be able to innovate the welfare state. The peculiarity of this course is precisely the development of a framework aimed at developing innovative methods of introduction and management of social services.

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: € 1.347,50 per year

Structure of the course

In addition to the disciplines traditionally taught in a Master degree course about the management and policy of the welfare state - such as research methods for welfare policy, values and professional cultures, administrative law, criminal justice and quantitative analysis - this Master degree course allows you to explore more in depth subjects like participatory evaluation of welfare intervention, elaboration, development and assessment of welfare policy and management and valorisation of human resources.

If you are a working student, the timetable for the Master course can be arranged around your working schedule in order to enable you to attend as many classes as possible. You can also attend the course online.


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

Those who obtain a degree in Innovation and Research for Social Work and Social Education can aspire to a management career within the social services in government or private organisations (charities). You will also be able to use your competences as a consultant in the sector of social services and education.

Well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

go to the survey (in Italian)

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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This study programme is particularly suitable for graduates in social work, social education and education studies, but is also open to graduates from other disciplines. Any degree from another degree class or any degree gained abroad must be recognised as being adequate.

In order to register for the course, you will be required to prove that you have a C1 level of competence for the first language and B2 in the second language. At the end of the programme, you’ll be required to prove that you have achieved a C1 level in two languages and a B1 level in the third. If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

Selection Criteria
Paper, interview and work experience gained working in the social or educational fields.

Online Application
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon

Admission Exam
Early Bird: 13 May 2019
Late Application: 25 July 2019

Publication Ranking Lists
Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019

You can find all the information you need about the documentation required for the application in the Study Manifesto.

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

The Faculty offers consultancy sessions for the recognition of exams of your previous degree. Further information in German and Italian.

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Study Manifesto

Regulations (only in Italian and German)

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