School of Social Sciences
|Degree||Master of Arts|
|Start of study||Summer semester|
|Application period Summer semester||15 December until 15 January|
|Standard period of study||3 semesters|
|Admission requirements|| |
Please visit the German version of the programme's website for further information on admission requirements
|Language of instruction||German|
|Faculty/institution||School of Social Sciences|
|Integrated stay abroad||No|
Modern societies are characterised by processes of social change. The institutions and organisations of the welfare state and civil society are also affected and challenged by the issues and tasks involved. Subsequent efforts to shape such processes should be knowledge-based, and their design and further development call for innovative and creative approaches in the field of social work.
The Master's degree programme ‘Practice Research and Innovation in Social Work’ enables you to rethink and further develop the tasks of social work based on the findings of practice research and analysis of current innovation in the field.
It also qualifies you to take on challenging tasks in later professional life – especially with regard to the conception, design and implementation of innovative approaches in practice, research, science, as well as development and management in social work. In doing so, it systematically brings together aspects of research, innovation and transformation.
In view of rising employment figures and current social and demographic developments, it can safely be assumed that the demand for professionals in the area of social work will continue to increase. The Master's degree programme qualifies you especially for innovation-related tasks and positions in practice, research, science, development and management in social work institutions and organisations.
The further professionalisation of the field will support your understanding of the specifics and needs of these areas of action in social work.
In addition to the above-mentioned practice areas of social work, the degree programme also qualifies you for academic work and doctoral studies. Due to the integrative approaches of practice research, the programme is both application and research-oriented. You can look forward to excellent career prospects, both in Germany and abroad. Social work is among the professions with the greatest current demand for academically trained professionals.
The M.A. programme encompasses a two-semester research workshop, which is held every year. On completion of the one-year practice and teaching research projects carried out with selected practitioners from the field, the results are communicated via a public panel discussion. In this way, the degree programme positions itself actively in what is happening in social work on the ground and takes up relevant questions surrounding facets of innovation in social services.
Universities of applied sciences do not yet have the right to award doctorates. For the development of early career researchers as well as for the profession and discipline on the whole, doctoral opportunities on topics of social work and issues are urgently needed.
Therefore, the Master's programme ‘Practice Research and Innovation in Social Work’ proactively supports young researchers on their way to a doctorate. For example, lecturers accompany cooperative doctorates at universities on research topics from the field of social work.
In addition to the doctoral supervision mentioned below, the programme organises regular information events on the topic of doctoral studies in the field of social work. Here, the programme works together with the Bremen Working Group on Doctoral Studies and Social Work.
Check the application deadlines and admission requirements for your desired degree programme.
Questions about the degree programme can be answered by the contact persons on the degree programme pages. If you have any further questions about your decision to study at HSB, our advisory and service institutions will be happy to help.
Prof. Dr. Christian Spatscheck
Professor for Theories and Methods of Social Work
+49 421 5905 2762
Prof. Dr. Christopher Klug
Professor für Sozialmanagement in der Sozialen Arbeit
+49 421 5905 3175
Prof.Dr.jur. Corinna Grühn
Professorin für Recht in der Sozialen Arbeit, Studiengänge der Sozialen Arbeit
+49 421 5905 3767