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 12 PhD students in Social Work.