Master's Programme (60 credits) in Nordic Welfare

60 credits

This is a Master’s Programme for anyone who is interested in how societal issues are connected to welfare, health and lifestyle. The one-year programme prepares you for both research and work in an international context. 

About the education

The Nordic Model is recognised by core values like equal rights and opportunities, democracy, security and trust, creativity and innovation, and sustainability. Outside the Nordic region, the model is usually presented as ONE model, while within the Nordic countries the model is usually discussed in plural. Nevertheless, the similarities of the model are usually larger than the differences, even within the Nordic region.

Based on the Nordic model, you will study issues relating to lifestyle and wellbeing, participation, multiculturalism, social security, civil society, the welfare society’s new challenges like globalisation and digitalisation as well as issues that are related to the importance of work for the individual and society.

The Master’s Programme in Nordic Welfare is interdisciplinary with Health and Lifestyle as the main field. The studies prepare you for both research and work in an international context. You are studying with students from other parts of the world and thus have the opportunity to create your own international contacts. The programme has also a strong connection to work and organisation through case studies. 

Information on entry requirements can be found in the fact box for each semester – click on the plus sign to expand the box.

Programme content

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Semester 1

Welfare Models in the Nordic Region 7.5 credits

Health, Lifestyle and Welfare in a Nordic Perspective 7.5 credits

New Challenges in the Welfare Society 7.5 credits

Social Sustainability in the Nordic Region 7.5 credits

Semester 2

Crosscultural Perspectives in Research and Evaluation Work 7.5 credits

Theory of Science and Research Methods 7.5 credits

Thesis  Health and Lifestyle 15 credits

Autumn 2019 (Campus based, Halmstad, 100%)
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Advanced level

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Entry requirements:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Applicants must have written and verbal command of the English language equivalent to English course 6 (Swedish Upper-Secondary School). This can be proved by grades from English education or by such tests as:

  • IELTS: score (Academic) of 6.5 or more (with none of the sections scoring less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL paper based: score of 4.5 in written test and a total score of 575
  • TOEFL internet-based: score of 20 in written test and a total score of 90

Selection rules:

Selection is made on the basis of the required educational background.

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Language of instruction:

Teaching is in English.