Social Work and Health in the context of Social Cohesion

The master degree course “Social Work and Health in the Context of Social Cohesion" is offered as both a full-time (4 semesters) course and also as a part-time course (6 semesters). The combination of a professional recognition year (Berufsanerkennungsjahr) or part-time employment with the project- and practice-oriented master course as a part-time variant is particularly practical. Support from the course management for the implementation of part-time work in practice may follow if needed.

In your application, we ask that you clearly indicate if it’s a part-time or a full-time course which is sought.

For further or for more detailed queries, please contact the degree course coordinator Dipl.-Päd. Silke Jakobs or by email: sozialekohaesion|at|

What is Social Cohesion?

Social cohesion describes the strength and the strengthening of social solidarity between citizens and civil society.

Providing a background for this is disintegration and fission processes in the modern age, such as growing poverty or educational disadvantages. Strategies in the context of social work and health work against those processes by the strengthening of social solidarity.

The Aim of this Course

The aim of this course, is to mediate the scientific basis and key competences in order to enable a professional practice placement or/ and a further qualification (e.g. Doctorate).

Central Aspects

  • Connection to central aspects of the European debate
  • Socio-philosophical, socio-theoretical and political foundation
  • Project and research orientation
  • Practical orientation

Career Prospects

Graduates of the master degree course are especially qualified for conducting conceptual tasks in the fields of social and health care. Access to higher positions and the authorisation to continue on to a doctorate degree is made possible with the master degree.

Admission Requirements

The Master Degree course in Social Work and Health in the Context of Social Cohesion can be studied if the following admission conditions are met:

  • successful completion of a bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Work/Social Pedagogy, Social and Health Management, in a social or health scientific course direction or an educational course of study; or  with the above-mentioned closely related professional degree.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the German language

An application may also be submitted with 90 per cent of the course performance, i.e. at least 162 credit points.

Aspects of the Motivation Letter

The following aspects should be taken into account in the motivation letter:

1. With what interests and experiences would you like to commence this course?

2. With your decision to study this course, what objectives should be followed?

3. To what extent do you want to build on your own scientific work with this course?

4. What scientific questions do you want to pursue in relation to social cohesion in this course?

The Masters course in Social Work and Health in the Context of Social Cohesion includes the following modules:

Module 1: Preparatory Course

Module 2: Theoretical Foundations of Social Cohesion

Module 3: Problems and Approaches for the Promotion of Social Cohesion

Module 4: Law and Politics of Social Cohesion

Module 5: Quality and Project Management

Module 6: Responsibility in Institutions and Non-profit Organisations (Leadership)

Module 7: Deepening of (a) the Sciences of Social Work (b) Health Sciences in Relation to Social Cohesion

Module 8: International References to Social Cohesion

Module 9: Research Methods

Module 10: Research Projects

Module 11: Master Thesis


Master of Arts (MA). With focus on: Social Work or Health

At a glance

  • Typ:
    Konsekutiver Masterstudiengang
  • Studienort:
  • Regelstudienzeit:
    4 Semester – Vollzeitstudium
    6 Semester – Teilzeitstudium
  • Abschluss:
    Master of Arts (MA)
  • Bewerbungsschluss:
    15. Juli
  • Zulassungsbeschränkung:
  • Studienbeginn:
  • Vorpraktikum:
    nicht erforderlich
  • Zugangsvoraussetzungen:
    erfolgreicher Bachelorabschluss oder gleichwertiger Abschluss im Studiengang Soziale Arbeit/Sozialpädagogik, im Studiengang Sozial- und Gesundheitsmanagement, in einer sozial- oder gesundheitswissenschaftlichen Studienrichtung oder einer pädagogischen Studienrichtung; oder einer mit den oben genannten fachlich eng verwandten Studienrichtung

    Wir empfehlen weiterhin ein Bewerbungsschreiben mit Darstellung der persönlichen Motivation einzureichen.

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