New international master's programme "Social Work with Children and Youth”

15:07, 09 July, 2014
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The new professional master’s degree programme “Social Work with Children and Youth”, licensed in September 2014, has been developed in cooperation between RSU and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania).

The essence of the Master’s Programme is made to investigate the problems among children and young people, improve scientific research skills and develop the contemporary social work competence required for work in international environments.

The goal of the Master’s programme is to prepare masters of social work with high professional competency so that they will be able to:

  • work with children and adolescents in inter-cultural environments;
  • conduct research and analyse issues with children and adolescents;
  • find most effective solutions to social problems by organizing social services;
  • assess professional actions and to ensure their fulfilment.

The Professional Master’s Degree programme will be launched in the academic year of 2014/2015 (October/November 2014). The new programme is full of challenges and possibilities as the students will be offered the opportunity to study with internationally recognized social work professionals. Moreover, the study course contains practice in comparative research in international environments, close work with fellow international students and professionals. The study process will be organized so to ensure the possibility to combine work with studies in a flexible learning model (including distance learning).

During the studies, two weeks of intensive full-time learning are planned per semester: in Lithuania (Semesters 1 and 3) and Latvia (Semester 2). Between the sessions, studies are planned as online distance learning.

During Semester 1, the students will be provided with free accommodation in Lithuania.

To be eligible for studying in the Social Work with Children and Youth Master’s programme, bachelor’s degree of social work, social care, social pedagogy, special pedagogy, pedagogy, psychology or other social and human sciences is required (see the respective section in the Latvian version of our website).

Degree awarded and qualification: Professional Master’s degree in social work, Social worker’s qualification

Language: English

Length of studies: 1.5 years

Tuition fee: EUR 900.00 per semester

The team of the Department of Welfare and Social Work of Riga Stradiņš University welcomes everyone interested to study in the International Master’s Degree Programme “Social Work with Children and Youth”.

Additional information is available from the Head of the Programme, Ms Marika Smirnova, by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +371 25405285, or from the Head of the Department of Welfare and Social Work, associate professor Lolita Vilka, by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +371 26377266.

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