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Doctoral studies in Social Work

Research education subject information


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences

Study plan

Subject representative

As a research discipline, social work mainly discusses issues related to social problems, their origin, causes and solutions. The conditions and circumstances of vulnerable groups and individuals, as well as analyses of welfare policy, socio-political measures, community and societal interventions, and human services organisations and professions are also examined. Furthermore, social work encompasses the analysis of different types of solutions to social problems but also development of knowledge that can be turned into preventive measures and help designing interventions for practitioners within the social work field. Competence and skills central to the field are social science theory and methods, as well as creativity and an ability to critically analyse knowledge processes, social processes and society's interventions within the social work field.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate courses are organized by The Research School in Social Work, RSSW,  a network between 13 Universities in Sweden. It aims to strengthen and improve postgraduate studies and research in social work by collaborate courses, seminars and international networking.