Academic profiles

Aalborg historic neighbourhood Aalborg historic neighbourhood. Photo: Michael Damsgaard.
  • University of Stavanger

    In constant collaboration and dialogue with the surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, the University of Stavanger enjoys an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities.

    Social workers have been educated in Stavanger for 50 years, since 2005 as a part of the University of Stavanger. Today, international students form an integral part of the community on campus, and currently just over 10% of students have international background.

    Two master programmes are international – besides the master in ‘Social Work and Welfare’ the department has run the Erasmus Mundus ‘Social Work with Families and Children (MFamily) for five years. The university is hosting the online journal: Journal of Comparative Social Work (

    The social work teaching staff include sociologists, psychologists, social pedagogues, social workers and, lawyers. They are involved in national and international research projects on welfare services, immigration, family complexities in different welfare regimes and user involvement research.

    The Department of Social Sciences hosts a PhD program where Social Work is one of the specialties with 23 PhD students in Social Work.

  • Aalborg University

    Aalborg University is well known for it’s problembased learning approach where student work and assessments are connected directly to challenges in in society and where studies are carried out in a collaboration between students and professors. The university is also characterised by combining an engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration.

    The Department of Sociology and Social Work runs 10 bachelor and master programmes – six of them focusing on social work specifically. Two programmes are international – besides the master in ‘Social Work and Welfare’ the department has run the Erasmus Mundus ‘Master in Advanced Development in Social Work’ for five years.

    The department holds a big network of more than 50 social work researchers – among these more than 15 doctoral students. The research network in social work is interdisciplinary and both focusing on general basic research issues and research focusing on challenges in social work practice. The research is often established in collaboration with practitioners and service users in social work and involves different theoretical dimensions such as sociology, political science, history, psychology, organizational theory, communication theory, cultural theory, anthropology, learning theory and theories of social problems and social work.