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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.

«I would like for representatives of offices, associations and welfare organisations to accept our invitation to work alongside us on the inspiring campus on the Toni site. Collectively, we can master today’s challenges for the common good.»

Dr Frank Wittmann

Dean a.i., ZHAW School of Social Work

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

The bachelor’s degree course in social work provides a broad-based general education that allows individual profile building. The course conveys specialist knowledge and enhances skills, for work on case-specific and addressee-specific problems and issues in all fields of activity within the domain of social work. The modular structure and various options to choose from allow students to set their own focus on specific fields of activity. Students who graduate receive the internationally recognised title Bachelor of Science ZFH in Social Work.

The subsequent master’s degree course (MSc) in social work builds on the bachelor’s degree course. Individual profile building occurs, based on the areas on which the school focuses. Students who graduate receive the internationally recognised title Master of Science ZFH in Social Work with Specialisation in Transitions and Interventions. This degree qualifies graduates for complex tasks in practice and at universities, as well as giving them opportunities for structuring and further development in all fields of activity within the domain of social work.

Science-based continuing education with relevance to practice

The continuing education offered encompasses CAS, DAS, MAS and other courses, and is thematically influenced by the specialist areas on which the School of Social Work’s four institutes focus. It enhances the specialist, methodological, social and interpersonal skills of professionals and leaders from the fields of activity within the domain of social work.

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.

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