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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.

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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: ca. € 1350 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: Hannah Gröll

Exchange programmes and internships

At the moment we are partnered with 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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Manuel Mattion

la strada - der weg | Coordinator of specific Projects: StreetworkBZ and Youth Lab

This master programme has enabled me to broaden my knowledge both locally and internationally. Thanks to the continuous exchange with professionals in the sector, I have had the opportunity to study in depth the fundamentals of social work.

In addition, the particular type of professional internship allowed me to contribute to the improvement of an educational service in the capital city.

Marko Menzel

Südtiroler Kinderdorf | Bereichsleiter Familienähnliche Einrichtungen

The master was an optimal opportunity for me to deepen a specific question from the immediate practice of social work in South Tyrol and to work on it scientifically within the framework of my own research project. I was able to share the resulting findings very well in the network of professionals and services and they have helped me a lot in my own professional work.

Manuela Ortler

Specialized Social Worker | Sozialdienste Bezirksgemeinschaft Vinschgau | Head of Area Children and Teenagers

This master enabled me to reflect on valuable practical experiences from a variety of perspectives and to acquire new professionally relevant skills and knowledge. This has increased my motivation and professional creativity and opened up new professional perspectives for me.

Anna Benedetti

Founding Member and Coordinator | L'Alveare

I was able to graduate in this master while already working in different areas of the third sector. The programme has allowed me to focus on those aspects that I did not know in detail and to broaden my skills. In addition, the study helped me to understand my interests and strengths.


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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: 01/03 - 27/04/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17/03/2023 (registration: 1-10/03/2023) and 13 - 14 and 17 - 18 - 19/04/2023 (registration: 23/03-03/04/2023)
Admission exam: coming soon
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 16/05/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 25/05/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 12/07 - 25/07/2023 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 17/05 - 06/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 26/06 - 01/07/2023 (registration: 17/05 - 18/06/2023)
Admission exam: coming soon
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 27/07/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 27/07 - 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 04 - 22/09/2023 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 25/09 - 06/10/2023
Freshers Days:03/10/2023

1st semester

Classes: 02/10 - 23/12/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 22/12/2023
Holidays: 24/12/2023 - 07/01/2024
Classes: 08/01 - 27/01/2024
Exams: 29/01 - 24/02/2024

2nd semester

Classes: 04/03 - 28/03/2024
Holidays: 29/03 - 01/04/2024
Classes: 02/04 - 15/06/2024
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 25/05/2024
Exams: 17/06 - 13/07/2024

Autumn session

Exams: 26/08 - 28/09/2024

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).

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