About us

With its four institutes and the Centre for Social Work Studies, the ZHAW School of Social Work is one of the leading Swiss tertiary institutions in the field. We work in an application-oriented and scientific manner in the fields of teaching, research, continuing education, services and consulting.

Porträtbild der Direktorin Ursula Blosser
«Participation and integration are prerequisites for cultural and economic prosperity. With what we offer, we help students and experts alike to work towards this in an individual and structurally effective manner.»

Prof. Dr Ursula Blosser

Dean of the ZHAW School of Social Work

Broad-based general degree course at bachelor’s and master’s levels

The School of Social Work offers a broad-based general bachelor’s degree programme in social work, incorporating the following occupational fields: social work, social pedagogy and socio-cultural animation. The science-based, practice-oriented course has a modular structure and enables students to largely define their own study path according to individual requirements.

The subsequent master’s degree course is offered in cooperation with the schools of social work in Bern, Lucerne and St. Gallen. The master’s degree course expands on the knowledge obtained in the bachelor’s degree programme and provides a sound scientific overview of current problems and issues in the domain of social work. It enables specialists to develop new solutions to complex tasks and to operate professionally in interdisciplinary fields of work, as well as to plan and execute ambitious projects successfully.

Science-based continuing education with relevance to practice

The School of Social Work offers over twenty Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS), one Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) and six professional graduate degree programmes (Master of Advanced Studies, MAS) in fields of activity within the domain of social work. The continuing education offered is thematically influenced by the specialist areas on which the School of Social Work’s four institutes focus.

Application-oriented research and development

Practice, politics and science are constantly faced with new social issues, raised as a result of societal development. The School of Social Work plays a role in overcoming these challenges by ensuring that topics relevant to society take centre stage in its research and development projects. Findings from research projects are incorporated into the education and continuing education, as well as into the day-to-day work of our partners from practice. The research and development projects are thematically influenced by the specialist areas on which the School of Social Work’s four institutes focus.

Tailored services and consulting

The School of Social Work provides tailored services and consulting pertaining to development projects in fields of activity within the domain of social work, not only for individuals, but also for teams and organisations. Supervision, coaching and mediation, organisational consulting and development, and specialist consulting are all offered. The information services include the provision of addresses of social service institutions in the canton of Zurich, as well as selected press articles regarding social services.