Social Work (BA)

At a glance

Study programme
Social Work (BA)
Social Work
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme
Standard Duration
7 semesters
Admission Capacity
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
The programme has admission restrictions. Contact the Department for more information.
Admission Requirements
University entrance qualification, subject-restricted university entrance qualification, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, an entrance qualification recognised by law or considered by the responsible public authority to be equivalent. Specially qualified professionals who have no university entrance qualification may be admitted to the programme if they pass the aptitude test.
Language of instructions

English optional

Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2-level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications submitted by 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent
Application Deadline
20 August
Specific Features
Previous practical experience in social work is taken into account when places are awarded. A pre-programme work placement, however, is not compulsory.

What Is This Programme About?

In terms of content, our Bachelor's study programme provides students with a universal, broad-based qualification that opens up numerous professional opportunities in the wider field of social work, and it allows students to specialise according to their personal preferences, competencies and ambitions by taking advanced specialisation courses. The internationally oriented programme encourages students to broaden their horizons in terms of looking beyond their own national borders. Mention should also be made of the programme's creative media focus. Numerous art, craftwork, music, sport, new media and media education courses are offered.

Why Choose This Programme?

The Social Work degree offered by the Social Work Department provides students with scientifically sound, practice-oriented training which qualifies them for careers in the wide field of social work. During the programme, students acquire the specialist qualifications and core skills needed to take on responsible roles in social work and they are trained to solve problems on the basis of scientific insights and methods. In particular, graduates are able to plan, carry out, evaluate and reflect upon complex courses of action in the field of social work. Apart from providing a formal professional qualification, the course also prepares students for applied and research-oriented postgraduate degrees.

How is the programme structured?

The study programme comprises 25 modules, including:

  • sixteen modules in the first stage of the programme (1st to 4th semester), compulsory modules, five with an option for thematic specialisations, each accounting for 35 ECTS points, a total of 120 ECTS points,
  • nine modules in the second stage of the programme (5th to 7th semester), compulsory modules, four of which are compulsory modules with an option for thematic specialisations, each accounting for 35 ECTS points, a total of 75 ECTS points,
  • a thesis module taken by students to prepare and write their thesis, 12 ECTS points and three ECTS points for the oral examination, altogether 15 ECTS

The programme has six special features:

  1. The programme is practice-oriented from the second semester. A practical semester in the fifth semester enables students to obtain a state-recognised qualification.
  2. Broad diversification of related disciplines and specialised issues such as the methods, theories and structures of social work
  3. Inclusion of multimedia teaching and learning components
  4. International study options
  5. A focus on modern media as methodological tools in social work
  6. The wide range of advanced modules relating to specific roles and target groups in the fourth and six semester.

Where does it lead?

The programme qualifies students to take on professional roles in all areas of social work. The Bachelor's degree also allows graduates to continue their education with an international Master of Arts degree. Since 2016, the Social Work Department has offered part-time Master's programmes in Community Psychiatry, Social Environment Development and Organisation and Psychosocial Counselling and Therapy.

More about the subject

Subject Information

Website of the study programme

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Prior To The Study Programme


Need help?

Subject-related advice

Prof. Dr.

Sabine Pfeffer

Dean of Studies, Department of Social Work

Building 21 , Room 107
Prof. Dr.Sabine Pfeffer+49 661 9640-2446
Consultation hours
by appointment

General advice

Karin Heß

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Deputy Head of Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Building 10 , Room 212
Karin Heß+49 661 9640-1431
Consultation hours
Without registration: Tue, Wed 9.30 am – 11.30 am With registration: Thu 9.30 am – 3 pm
Office hours
Tue – Thu: 8 am – 3 pm

Advice for international students

Britta Simon


Building 10 , Room 105
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1453
Consultation hours
Mo: 9 – 11 Uhr Mi: 13.30 – 15.30 Uhr Fr: 09 – 11 Uhr
Office hours
Mo–Do: 9 – 12 Uhr, 14 - 15.30 Uhr Fr: 8:30 – 12 Uhr