Social Work

39.03.02In english and russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Main courses
  • Social Policy and Social Welfare: Issues and Tendencies of Development
  • Philosophy, Methodology and Methods in Social Science
  • Studies in Social Innovations
  • Integrative Human Study
  • Modern Approaches to Management of Social Services
  • English for Professional Communication
  • Information Technology in Social Sciences
  • Modern Theories in Social Work
Our advantages
  • Graduates acquire knowledge and skills to: effectively address social problems at the individual, social group and society level; implement innovative projects and programmes; and enhance partnerships between social actors
  • The extensive list of competencies to be mastered will enable graduates to: carry out research activities in social work; develop innovative technologies, drawing on modern information tools and advances in human and social sciences; and use new models and standards of social services
  • The programme focuses on: staffing the processes of modernisation and renewal of the social sphere; solving increasingly complex social problems; improving the state's social policy; harmonising the interests of different social groups; and applying innovative technologies in the social sphere
  • Students have an opportunity to participate in: international academic mobility programmes; internships; and volunteer internships in Europe and the USA. They can take an active part in: research activities; international, Russian and regional scientific conferences on relevant topics; and the activity of the Council of Young Scientists at the Faculty of Sociology of St Petersburg University
  • Students with a focus on studying in postgraduate programmes at leading Russian universities or PhD programmes at foreign universities receive appropriate training
  • Students acquire knowledge of a quality that meets international standards for a master's degree in the social sciences
  • Graduates rise to a much higher level in their personal development and social engagement. They become experts in conflict resolution, and business and interpersonal negotiation
International relations

Students have an opportunity to take part in academic mobility programmes.There are over 300 leading universities in Europe, America and Asia among partner universities. Depending on the programme, students may qualify for a scholarship and either paid or free accommodation in a hall of residence. The list of academic mobility programmes is updated annually. All up-to-date information can be found on the St Petersburg University International Affairs website in the Students Exchange Programme section.

Examples of Academic partners:

  • Bielefeld University (Germany)
  • University of Calabria (Italy)
  • Frederick Community College (the USA)
  • University of Tampere (Finland)
  • Stockholm University (Sweden)
Career opportunities
  • Governmental and non-governmental social welfare institutions — as managers and social workers
  • Public authorities and local bodies — as social workers at the appropriate departments
  • Businesses, social and political organisations, mass media — as researchers and consultants on social issues
  • Division manager in a social service organisation
  • Specialist in social work
  • Specialist in social work with young people
  • Specialist of child protection services
  • Specialist in family work
  • Specialist in integrated social rehabilitation work (rehabilitation therapist)
  • Lead specialist in organising and determining social benefits from the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation
  • Research project executor
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Social media analyst
  • Project manager
  • Community manager
  • Grant manager
  • Training manager

The programme is internationally accredited by the Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and Career Development (AKKORK), the Certificate dated 09 January 2019.