Social Work

Master programme

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Social Sciences

A Profession and Academic Discipline

The profession and academic discipline of social work is growing in importance. Demographic developments and social differentiation is giving rise to new areas of work. As a graduate of this master programme you work in frontline social work, planning, and in applied research and development for the creation of social and health services fit for today’s society. This study programme provides you with the necessary specialisations for practical work as well as the right competencies for an activity in the scientific field.


Top Career Prospects

With a degree you are qualified to work in all areas of social work. You are especially well-prepared for advisory, organisational and management responsibilities in the social and healthcare services sector, including project planning and evaluation. In combination with relevant professional experience you have access to executive positions in the field.

Social Inclusion Research

Students are integrated into one of the research teams at the Ilse Arlt Institute on Social Inclusion Research and carry out work which forms the basis of their thesis.



What is the added value of this master degree programme for me?

In combination with the relevant professional experience, the completion of this master degree programme facilitates your access to leading positions.

Our graduates are active in frontline practice, in design and planning, and in the practice-oriented research and development of a modern social and healthcare sector.

How is practical know-how imparted in this study programme?

Most of our students already pursue an activity in the Social Work field. We give them the opportunity to combine their existing knowledge with the course contents during the block teaching weeks.

How can I contribute my personal interests and educational ambitions to my studies?

In the courses “Disciplinary Practice” and “Mentoring”, the students develop their individual educational plan together with experts and build bridges between the profession and the discipline.

The objective is to expand the personal profile and acquire additional specific competencies, for example through internships, job shadowing, optional subjects, study trips or (inter)national conferences, and the creation of podcasts or publications.

What role does research play in the master degree programme Social Work?

In the course of their studies, every student becomes a member of a research team at the Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research and writes their master thesis in this capacity.

Examples from past years:  

  • “Grätzl-Hubs” for Good Neighbourly Relations:

This project was dedicated to the collaborative development of community projects in St. Pölten. The students combined questions on what constitutes good neighbourly relations and inclusive living with healthcare and climate protection concerns. The idea was to design concrete projects in St. Pölten.

  • 1450 + Social Work: 

In Austria, the health advice call centre can be reached nationwide under the phone number 1450. Many callers describe concerns that have a primarily psychosocial background. Within the framework of this project, the students explored the foundations for a Social Work approach to issues that are mainly psychosocial or socio-psychiatric in nature or exhibit a lack of organisational support structures. The students worked out potential communication techniques and tools for these kinds of Social Work clearings.

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