The Master’s in Social Work enhances skills in the fields of analysis and social management in changing contexts, of vulnerability and psycho-social risk, in order to contribute to the construction, implementation and evaluation of public policies directed to new audiences, through innovation capabilities, expertise and professional proficiency. It ensures a professional and scientific profile based on the capacity for critical analysis and in the field of research skills and innovative social intervention, both at individual and collective levels, in organisational and community contexts.
Social Work intervention areas are very diverse, both in terms of institutional framework and in terms of target population, goals and work methodologies, namely: Health, Mental Health, Justice, Social Security, Local Government, Education, Private Institutions of Social Solidarity or non-governmental organizations, projects of Applied Research, Education and Scientific Research.
With the master's degree, social workers acquire better professional skills which allow them to assume roles at many different levels, involving particular leadership responsibilities in the management of facilities, projects and policies: Social Counselling, Social Facilities Management, Local Social Welfare and Development, Social Projects and Policies Management and Evaluation, Educational and Community Socially Oriented Mediation, Social Support and Monitoring of Children, Families, Youth and Elderly People in Vulnerable Situations or at Risk of Social Exclusion, Intervention in Community Projects for Social Inclusion.
Only Social Work Bachelor’s Degree holders are entitled to exercise a profession in social work. The master’s degree deepens their knowledge and adds skills (Article 15 of Decree 115/2013) that enable them to understand the complexity of the contexts and of the social intervention processes, at micro-, meso- and macro-levels, all of them important to the exercise of planning and management roles, as well as intervention and policy evaluation.