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Department of Building, Energy & Society

Social Work


This course offers application-oriented modules on the topics of international and intercultural social work, social work with people in precarious circumstances and social policy, social economy and social management. You can also compile your own module according to your interests. Your research project forms the core of your course.

Did you know, …

… that during the introductory phase, we pay particular attention to your special educational and professional profile?

Individualisation is a priority in both the professional field of social work and in our course. We recognise the fact that our students have acquired different specialisations during their previous education and professions but at the end of their study, they all have a widely accepted level of knowledge which will considerably improve their chances on the employment market.

Did you know, …

… that you can always draw on the critical and reflective concept of social work, despite the diversity of the individual subjects?

Social workers are required to find solutions together with their clients in a diverse range of conflict areas. The course takes account of the diversity of the various fields of work involved as well as the need to access recognised theory in practical settings.

Did you know, …

… that you can work on ‘your’ research project?

We will support you in formulating a research question, developing a suitable study design, conducting your own research and compiling a master thesis which you can still be proud of many years later.

Did you know, …

… that you can advance your knowledge in one of three modules with different focal points?

We offer three modules: ‘International and Intercultural Social Work’, ‘Social Policy, Social Economy and Social Management’ and ‘Social Work with People in Precarious Circumstances’. You can also compile your own personal module as part of an independent course of studies (‘Studium Irregulare’).

Did you know, …

… that you can spend a semester studying abroad?

Studying at a foreign university means getting to know another way of living and changing your everyday habits. We can advise you on which course abroad would suit you best and help you successfully complete your course.

Did you know, …

… that your course includes two excursions?

During the course of the excursions, you can explore new lifeworlds and then reflect on your experiences and discoveries with your course colleagues.

Did you know, …

… that the August Aichhorn Institute for Social Work is one of the leading teaching and research institutions?

August Aichhorn (1879 - 1949) was one of the main founders of scientific social work. He was a great organiser and even in the most difficult of times, was always on hand to support his clients. His influence, political attitudes and personality shaped practice, teaching and research.