Professional profile of graduates from the master’s degree programme in Social Work

Subject-relevant prospects after the degree:

The professional options in the social landscape have increased significantly in the past few decades. With your in-depth skills, various prospects in different social-work fields and functions will be open to you.

Significant areas of work with a specifically clinical or social work-based focus include:

  • Child and youth welfare
  • Drug support facilities
  • Parental education facilities
  • Social psychiatric facilities
  • Professional rehabilitation
  • Social services in hospitals
  • Resocialisation facilities
  • and much more

Social fields in our society are becoming increasingly complex and varied. This results in new challenges for social work and the people engaged in social work occupations.

The master’s programme in social work with the specialisation in social space work prepares you for these demands.

  • Contemporary social work in all fields of activity: children, youths, family and older people, basic needs, health, delinquency, vocation and education, migration and integration, international social work and development work
  • Communication is practised in a variety of counselling settings in social work. Counselling skills in social space work are activated in helpers’ conferences – as part of district discussions, for example – and are therefore broadly used in a wide range of social bodies.
  • Integrated methodology approaches in social work – particularly in social planning and social space work, social policy and social administration at the state, district, city and municipal level, as well as in social institutions such as child and youth welfare, family welfare, youth work, addiction services, education and school social work, homeless assistance and community work

Graduates with the specialisation in social space work may proceed to work in the following fields:

  • Family welfare
  • Youth welfare
  • Coordination of voluntary work and honorary posts
  • School social work
  • Social administration at the state, district, city or municipal level
  • Addiction services
  • Homeless assistance etc.

However, both specialisations are not aimed at specific fields or target groups. This opens up a differentiated, subject-specific qualification and a varied, professional future in all fields of social work.

General prospects after the degree:

Graduates without basic subject-specific training:

As a graduate with a related degree and a specific work environment, often with biopsychosocial counselling work, you will receive an additional in-depth qualification. In both areas of specialisation, you can obtain new skills for your professional development as a

  • sociologist,
  • psychologist,
  • educational specialist,
  • teacher,
  • human science and social science graduate

facilities. Standards and high quality training mean that social work graduates are sought after by companies, schools and associations.    

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Access to further studies

After graduating from the master's degree programme, you receive the "Master of Arts in Social Sciences, MA" academic degree. This Master qualifies you for further doctor- or PhD-studies at a university. Working at reserach is also a good opportunitiy.

The master's degree programme International Management and Leadership at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) qualifies you for complex leadership tasks in international and intercultural business environments (programme language is English, at least two years`professional experience are mandatory).

Contact Social Work MA

Astrid Hirschauer
Advice & Registration — Social Work MA

+43 5572 792 5300

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Dipl. Sozialarbeiterin Uta Skowranek
Programme Director Master`s Degree Social Work Management Bachelor`s Degree Social Work

+43 5572 792 5310

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