Academic Year: 2022/2023

Level of qualification

Master's Degree Programme

Ministerial degree code

LM-87 (Social Services and Policies)


The teaching regulations of the study course depend on the following organisational aspects: educational goals, access methods, study plan, exams, final exam, job opportunities, etc. Throughout their university career, students must refer to the teaching regulations enforced from their matriculation.


Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Malcanton Marcorà, Dorsoduro 3484/D, 30123 Venice (Italy).
For further information please contact the Humanities Campus,

Head of studies

Prof. Barbara Da Roit (Teaching Committee coordinator,



Access to the programme

Open admission subject to assessment of minimum requirements.

Quota reserved to non-EU students residing outside Italy: 10 seats.

Admission requirements

Admission to the degree course in Work, Social Citizenship, Cultural Exchange requires possession of a Bachelor’s degree or other equivalent and legally approved qualification obtained in Italy or abroad; students must also demonstrate adequate personal preparation.
Admission is subject to possession of at least 42 credits in specific academic subjects in history, politics, philosophy, law, languages, sociology, education, psychology, as specified in the Course Regulations.
English proficiency of level B2 is required.
It is compulsory to check students’ level of personal preparation; this involves achieving a minimum degree mark.
For details of the academic requirements and the personal preparation assessment procedures, please refer to the Course Regulations.

Details about the assessment procedures are available in the webpage dedicated to admission requirements.

Admission with international qualification

Applicants with international qualification must have obtained a bachelor’s degree that is the result of at least 3 years of study. The preliminary evaluation of the qualification is mandatory. Procedures and deadlines are available on the dedicated online platform.
International qualification will be evaluated by the designated teaching committee after the pre-evaluation procedure carried out on the online platform.

Course overview

The course prepares social work specialists and experts in welfare policies and social research from an Italian and European perspective.
During the course, students develop an advanced ability to analyse and interpret contemporary social phenomena, with particular regard to social and health inequalities, economic and employment inequalities, social marginality and exclusion processes, migration and intercultural relations, gender and generational issues and the environmental sustainability of welfare systems. Graduates in Work, Social Citizenship and Cultural Exchange also acquire skills in analysing the evolution of social and citizenship rights and in understanding the transformations of welfare systems in Europe.
The course prepares three professional profiles within a single training project: specialist social worker with skills in innovative social service methodologies and with a knowledge of social work from a European perspective; designer and coordinator of social work, in particular in third sector organisations, with skills in analysis and intervention in relation to the principal new social risks; expert in social and welfare policies with skills in scientific research and prepared for possible continued studies in a PhD in social sciences.
The course includes a 250-hour internship, in Italy or abroad, which forms an integral part of the training. Students oriented towards the profile of specialist social worker complete their internship within the social services; students oriented towards welfare policies and social research complete their internship in third sector organisations, at research institutes or within the university, collaborating in ongoing research alongside professors and research fellows.

Curricula available

  • Social work
  • Welfare policies and social research

Occupational profiles

Graduates can be employed as specialist social workers (after passing the state exam) in public and private bodies, authorities and organisations that provide social services, including third sector organisations or as a self-employed professional.

Graduates can be employed as social intervention officers in third sector organisations that design and perform personal services and social interventions on behalf of public bodies and non-governmental organisations that work in the field of international cooperation.

Graduates can be employed as an experts in social policies for:
- public and private research centres, after completing further studies in Master’s or PhD courses
- universities, as a researcher, after completing further studies in Master’s or PhD courses
- European or international public agencies (such as agencies within the EU or UN) that study and analyse social policies and welfare systems



Examination assessment and graduation

The educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and internships, in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.
During the whole university career, the various skills and knowledge acquired by students will be assessed through written and oral examinations.

The final test involves writing a thesis that is the product of thorough, original and relevant research on topics studied during the course. The work must demonstrate that the student has not only solid theoretical and methodological knowledge, but also the ability to apply it critically and personally to the chosen topic. The thesis may consist of a study based on secondary literature in which the student clearly highlights an original research question, or an empirical research project, which must contain specific and clear illustration of the theoretical framework that guides the research, as well as the methodology used.
The thesis work is guided by one or more supervisors and discussed before a board of teachers from the course, who will assess the scientific relevance.

Access to further studies

Professional Master's Programmes (1st and 2nd level) and PhD programmes

Last update: 01/08/2022