The Study Guide of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences

The Study Guide of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences (FAS) provides prospective students and students with an overview of the offers of the university and the faculty.

It contains detailed descriptions of the study programmes:

Bachelor Degree Courses

Bachelor's programme Social Work

Diploma: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Entrance Requirements: General admission requirements; N. C.; pre-study internship (see below)

Language of Instruction: German

Duration: 7 semesters (start: winter semester)

FHWS location: Würzburg

Diploma Supplement: yes

Tuition fees: none

The programme’s objective is training the ability to act professionally in the various practice fields of social work based on scientific knowledge and scientific methods. Its concept is geared towards the rapid changes in the welfare state and the constantly emerging problems, as well as the socially valid claim of quality management in social work. In addition to an undergraduate education, knowledge and skills are taught that stress a behaviour-oriented approach. Social problems are analysed against the background of empirical-scientific findings and methods are used whose effectiveness is testable and verifiable. After the behaviour-oriented approach has long proved to be successful in other countries, the training provides a connection to international practice. 
Taught qualifications are oriented towards the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training.

Programme Structure

The first stage of studies covers theoretical issues like the basics of social work as a disciplin and profession, basics of humanities and social sciences, behaviour-oriented action, law and management, and scientific research. The second stage of studies begins with the internship during the 5th semester. During the 6th and 7th semester, there are general courses, but students also choose their specialised area of studies and write their bachelor’s thesis. Currently possible specialisations: Development and support in early childhood; social service for predelinquents and social re-integration; healthcare counselling; youth and adult education; social support for children, youths and families; music therapy in social work; social work in an immigrant society; social work in an ageing society; social work with mentally ill and addicted persons; social work and disability.

Career Perspectives

The sphere of activity includes measures for children and young people, social services for women and/or mothers, for the married and for families, support for the elderly and/or disabled, offers in healthcare, services for people with a migration background, support against educational disadvantages and for the unemployed and/or poor, and services for delinquents, but also participating in training, teaching and research, in continuing education and advanced training. These tasks are fulfilled by public and non-profit institutions and services.

Additional Information

On the following websites you can find out more about general and programme specific admission requirements:

Contact persons

Prof. Dr. Theresia Wintergerst
Room T.2.15
Tiepolostr. 6
97070 Würzburg

Phone +49 931 3511-8926
E-Mail theresia.wintergerst[at]fhws.de

Bachelor’s programme Healthcare Management

Diploma: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Entrance Requirements: General admission requirements; completed vocational training in healthcare profession (see below)

Language of Instruction: German

Duration: 7 semesters (start: winter semester)

FHWS location: Würzburg

Diploma Supplement: yes

Tuition fees: none

This full-time programme equips students for general management or lead department roles in healthcare facilities. Therefore, students are taught technical-methodical, but also social-personal management skills. The programme uses an interdisciplinary business- and behaviour-oriented approach. Among the topics is not only the management of organisations, groups and personnel, but also reflecting one’s own role in management. To be able to also apply knowledge acquired in a theoretical way, students can gain multiple experiences from healthcare facilities by working on a practical project, by an internship and a practice-oriented final thesis.

Programme Structure

Standard time to degree is seven semesters, the 5th semester being the practical semester. The6th and 7th semester serves specialisation where students can choose their study focus individually. After completing all modules successfully students will have earned 210 Credit Points and the degree “Bachelor of Arts” (B.A.). The degree opens ways for further academic training – from a master’s programme to doctoral studies.

Career Perspectives

Graduates take on leading roles in clinics and institutions of geriatric care. They work in associations, health insurances, consulting services and other institutions of the healthcare sector. Another important occupational field is quality and risk management in healthcare facilities.

Additional Information

On the following websites you can find out more about general and programme specific admission requirements:

Contact persons

Prof. Dr. Holger Truckenbrodt
Pavillion I
Room T.1.06
Tiepolostraße 6
97070 Würzburg

Phone +49 931 3511-8501 oder -8420
E-Mail holger.truckenbrodt[at]fhws.de

Consultation hours by arrangement

Bachelor’s programme Media Management

Diploma: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Entrance Requirements: General admission requirements; N. C. (see below)

Language of Instruction: German, parts in English

Duration: 7 semesters (start: winter semester)

FHWS location: Würzburg

Diploma Supplement: yes

Tuition fees: none

Media are constantly changing - especially due to constant technical innovation and the following change of use habits. The degree programme prepares students to develop, produce, design, and sell content for different kinds of media (print, broadcasting, online media; mobile applications). The central idea is teaching the students skills and knowledge of communication studies, business administration, but also legal issues and design-related matters. Students get to know all methods of media production from a strategic and also an operational perspective so that special skills in managing media projects are being developed.

Programme Structure

At the start of the programme, there is a three-day team training. During the first four semesters, students learn business basics and the fundamentals of media science and journalism. Additionally, their technical English knowledge will be intensified. Many practice-oriented projects support the development of managerial skills. The 5th semester is an internship semester usually spent in media companies, marketing departments or agencies. During the 6th and 7th semester, students can choose from four areas of specialisation to further enhance their skills: Cross-media editing, PR and Corporate Communications, Product and Project Management, Digital Media Marketing. The degree programme is completed by writing a bachelor’s thesis. Academic education is completed by a bachelor's thesis.

Career Perspectives

 

Additional Information

On the following websites you can find out more about general and programme specific admission requirements:

Contact persons

Prof. Dr. Thilo Büsching 
Room F.1.18
Friedrichstraße 17a
97082 Würzburg

Phone +49 931 3511-8489 
E-Mail thilo.buesching[at]fhws.de

Master's degree programme

Master’s programme Social Work

Diploma: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Entrance Requirements: General admission requirements (see below)

Language of Instruction: German

Duration: 3 semesters (start: summer semester)

FHWS location: Würzburg

Diploma Supplement: yes

Tuition fees: none

The consecutive Master’s programme Social Work is a complex full-time programme which follows the bachelor’s programme Social Work at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences. Its graduates are qualified for management, higher-level and professional duties on a master’s level. For these, the programme teaches the following competences:

  • deeper methodical expertise in terms of receiving and implementing research results 
  • advanced competences in terms of behavioural analysis and intervention
  • more detailed knowledge about management
  • greater ability to participate in social science discourses and confidently represent a professional position when in contact with future colleagues from other disciplines.

Programme Structure

The Master’s programme takes three semesters consisting of eleven modules. Courses mainly take place during the first two semesters, while the 3d semester is almost completely dedicated to the master’s thesis. Modules of the 1st semester are Academia and Social Work I, Behavioural Methods, Law and Social Work , Organisation and Quality Management, and Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. During the 2nd semester, there are Academia and Social Work II, Finance and Staff Management, Media and Social Work, Behavioural Projects I, Socio-Scientific Specialisation, and Methodological Specialisation. Behavioural Projects are practical projects with four contact hours per week. Practical projects are continued during the 3rd semester (Behavioural Projects II) when also the final thesis is prepared.

Career Perspectives

Graduates are qualified for management, higher-level and professional duties on a master’s level, i.e. for leading roles in social enterprises, child and youth psychotherapy possibly with their own practice, expert and consulting tasks for (social welfare) associations or foundations, but also for jobs in teaching and researching at universities of applied sciences.

Additional Information

On the following websites you can find out more about general and programme specific admission requirements:

Contact persons

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gartzke
Room T.2.12
Tiepolostraße 6
97070 Würzburg

Phone +49 931 3511-8907
E-Mail msa.fas[at]fhws.de

Consultation hours by arrangement (e-mail preferred)

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Master's programme International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants

Diploma: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Entrance Requirements: General admission requirements (see below)

Language of Instruction: English

Duration: 3 semesters (start: summer semester)

FHWS location: Würzburg

Diploma Supplement: yes

Tuition fees: none

The Masters programme International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants is an application-oriented and, in terms of content and sharing, internationally oriented English-language degree programme. The programme provides professional, social and profession-related competences for the field of action of social work with migrants and refugees in the international and national context. Based on empirical finings and theoretical references, students are qualified in intercultural, legal, educational and psychological terms to develop and implement solution-oriented courses of action for the special situation of refugees and migrants. They are enabled to operate in the area of policies of local as well as international actors. The professional grasp of social work in the context of migration will thus be further developed.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of six areas of study which will turn the students’ focus to the international level of social work, sensitise them for the work with refugees and migrants, and teach them practice-oriented methodological and decision-making competences. Especially the area of study no. V strengthens the international focus of the programme. Students learn the language of a typical region of origin or transit and have the opportunity to study abroad or do an internship abroad for one semester, preferably in a region of origin or transit.

Career Perspectives

Graduates are able to act professionally on a national level (e.g. migrants’ advice centres, youth welfare with unaccompanied minor refugees, volunteer management) and to do management tasks. Moreover, they are able to work skilfully and competently in an international environment (e.g. supervision of UNHCR refugee camps, EU Asylum Hotspot Centres or other internationally operating organisations). The steadily growing demand for skilled specialists due to the world-wide increasing migration results in very good job prospects.

Additional Information

On the following websites you can find out more about general and programme specific admission requirements:

Contact

Prof. Dr. Vathsala Aithal
Room T.1.12
Tiepolostraße 6
97070 Würzburg

Phone +49 931 3511-8235
E-Mail vathsala.aithal[at]fhws.de

Consultation by arrangement.

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