Master Soziale Arbeit (M.A.)

Social Work – Enables you to handle the wide range of tasks associated with social affairs and take on responsibility as a manager. 

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Language : German

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Intercultural societies and socio-demographic developments are constantly presenting hospitals, child and youth welfare institutions and social services with new challenges. In order to better understand individual contexts and manage processes in a targeted way, you need scientific methods as well as business and economic know-how – i.e. important specialist knowledge you gain with the IU Master’s programme in Social Work. After graduation, you will be able to plan, manage and carry out social affairs projects in a wide variety of areas. You will also meet the requirements for subsequently pursuing a doctoral degree or postgraduate training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist.  

The IU Univesity Master’s degree programme in Social Work deepens your specialist knowledge and expands your existing know-how with scientific-analytical, intercultural and project-oriented skills. This enables you to better evaluate social structures and processes and, on this basis, develop practical methods for your work in social affairs. Depending on the specialisation you choose, you can later work in the areas of early childhood education and upbringing, clinical social work and health promotion, or community orientation and networking. 

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Your studies in Social Work are opening a whole new range of opportunities for you and your career. Be ready to make an impact and to work in an industry as diverse as your learned skills. 

Head of a child and youth welfare facility

As the head of a child and youth welfare facility, you are responsible for the management, coordination, and administration of the facility. You ensure that professional requirements and standards are correctly implemented and work closely with other responsible institutions, e.g. with the youth welfare office, schools, or guardians. You also support and supervise educational work, coordinate the range of services offered, and ensure constant further development through quality management. Personnel management and, at times, crisis management are also part of your job. 

Head of Social Services

As the head of social services, you plan and manage individual and group offerings for clients in your facility, develop and implement new concepts, and are responsible for the further development of employees. You determine whether new equipment is needed, ensure the economical use of materials, and have a general overview of compliance with the safety regulations. You actively take part in meetings, are responsible for the efficiency of these meetings, and, if necessary, make suggestions for improvement. 

Child and Youth Psychotherapist

After completing your master's degree in social work, you can complete postgraduate training as a child and youth psychotherapist in accordance with the Psychotherapists Act. After completing the training, your tasks include the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in children and adolescents up to the age of 21. Depending on the focus of your training, you will work with psychoanalytic therapy, behavioural therapy or depth psychology. The demand for child and youth psychotherapists is increasing and the career prospects are currently very good.

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