We train social scientific professionals in the largest educational social work unit in Finland. It has been recognised three times as a national high-quality teaching unit.
The northern location, a particularly close connection to the practical social field, and the task of coordinating the Finnish National University Network for Social Work Sosnet distinguish Social Work as a teaching and research unit.
We also work together with the Northern Finland Centre of Excellence on Social Welfare (Poske) and the Laplands Social Welfare Competence Structure Sociopolis, which operates at our university.
Social work offers the only university-level degree in the social
field in Finland. It is a scientific discipline that involves research,
education, hands-on social work and interaction between these elements.
Social work is a rewarding and practical profession that brings you close to people. It is also a place to make a difference.
students get to work in close collaboration with municipalities,
centres of excellence of organisations and regional authorities.
Please note that the degree programme is offered in Finnish.
Studies in Social Work
Social Work studies allow you to examine people in their social environments. You learn to understand the influence society has to an individual and vice versa.
The studies are designed for students who are interested in learning more about people and understanding their life cycles. This knowledge is useful in numerous professions.
Areas of focus
- everyday life and sensitive research topics
- marginalisation and coping
- justice and welfare services
- social work knowledge and expertise.
Theory and practice are intertwined in our studies. The programme includes practical studies.
Read more about the studies in WebOodi where you can also register for courses and take a look at the teaching schedules.
Email for the staff: firstname.lastname (at) ulapland.fi
Tel. +358 40 484 4196
Social Gerontology and Social Work
Tel. +358 40 762 5490
Professor of Practice
Tel. +358 40 570 2844
Tel. +358 50 584 9617
Tel. +358 40 484 4320
The Finnish National University Network for Social Work Sosnet
Tel. +358 40 849 3033
Tel. +358 40 484 4176
Ageing Research, Social Gerontology
- Multidisciplinary Expertise for Social and Health Care Professionals -project 50%
- Sosiaalityön valtakunnallinen maisterikoulutus- ja opetusyhteistyö osaajapulaan vastaamiseksi -project 50%
Research profile in LaCRIS >
Tel. +358 44 474 4305
Tel. +358 40 484 4426
Tel. +358 40 553 7498
Tel. +358 400 673 462
Tel. +358 44 474 4322
STePS 3.0 -project
Tel. +358 40 583 8327
Social Work, Welfare Services and Policies
Join Lyhty, our student organisation for rehabilitation science and social work students, and participate in our activities! Through us you can meet other students, take part in various events and join us in the promotion of student interests.