Degree Master of Arts
Start of study Summer semester
Application period Summer semester 15 December until 15 January
Standard period of study 3 semesters
Credits 90


Admission restricted Yes
Admission requirements
  • A first professional university degree (210 ECTS or 180 ECTS plus proven post-qualification of ideally 30 ECTS, with an overall grade of at least 2.5) in an undergraduate degree programme in the subject areas of social work, social pedagogy or social management as well as
  • at least nine months of professional experience in a field of social work, including the probationary year required for state recognition
  • knowledge of English in order to be able to study specialist literature in the English language

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.

Career prospects

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.

Programme structure



Course catalogue

Examination regulations (German)

Guide (only available in German)

Practice orientation

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.

Doctoral studies

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.

Prof. Dr. Christian Spatscheck presents the study programme


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Questions about the study content

Porträtfoto Christian Spatschek

Prof. Dr. Christian Spatscheck
Professor for Theories and Methods of Social Work
+49 421 5905 2762

Porträtfoto Christopher Klug

Prof. Dr. Christopher Klug
Professor für Sozialmanagement in der Sozialen Arbeit
+49 421 5905 3175

Organisational questions about the degree programme

Questions about application and admission

Head of the examining board

Porträtfoto Corinna Grühn

Prof.Dr.jur. Corinna Grühn
Professorin für Recht in der Sozialen Arbeit, Studiengänge der Sozialen Arbeit
+49 421 5905 3767