Faculty of: Political And Social Sciences

Sciences for social work


Academic Year 2024/2025

Duration 3 years

Language Italian

Degree classes L-39 (Social Work)

The programme in a nutshell

The social worker: solid skills and strong motivation

The professionalism of the social worker requires interdisciplinary training: a broad knowledge base in psychology, law, ethics and organisation is essential. The opportunity to meet 'experienced users and family members' for first-hand accounts is another highlight of the programme.

Teaching methodology

The direct participation of students, alongside theoretical courses related to social service methods and techniques, is foreseen on several occasions: an introductory internship in the first year, a professional traineeship in the second year, an internship in the final year, seminars and workshops spread over the three years of the programme.

What next? A competent figure in situations of social distress

A social worker can work within a public body or a non-profit organisation or can be a freelancer. The programme’s focus on motivation will help to manage situations of fragility related to poverty, child abuse, family conflicts or addictions.

The degree programme in Sciences for Social Work prepares graduates for the profession of social worker by enabling them to enter the State Examination for registration in the Register of Social Workers.

The training is interdisciplinary, as future professionals will have to deal with complex human, ethical, legal and organisational situations. 

As this is a course with a high level of personal involvement, special attention is paid to the orientation and motivational support of the students.

The profession of a social worker requires a constant integration of theoretical knowledge and methodological and technical-practical skills, and therefore special attention is given to internships, workshops, professionalising teaching activities, seminars and guided exercises.

The direct participation of 'experienced users and family members' in the training of future social workers is an excellence of our degree programme in line with international trends.


Dear students,

my colleagues and I feel all the fatigue and tribulation you are facing these months. After so many hopes of a restart, in academic activity and even more so in social life, we still find ourselves distant, in a condition of mutilated humanity.

We try to be close to you, above all and, we hope, tangibly, with the commitment to organize teaching as best we can, in compliance with the given constraints.

Please don't give up! To paraphrase an English poet of the twentieth century, don't give up because you have friends, a company, and there’s a place, a community, where we belong. I am convinced that the end of the nightmare is no longer far away. Please, continue to attend the courses, to actively participate in online lessons, to study, to discuss, as far as possible, with your colleagues, to interact even if at a distance with the teachers. Let us work together so that this time is not suspended and the journey continues.

Some practical indications:

- after the Easter break, lessons will resume, in the manner that the pandemic framework will allow, according to the schedule and pre-established timetable. We hope to be able to return to dual mode soon, which however presupposes the relocation of the campus site in the “orange zone”. As usual, you will receive information in this regard on the University's information channels. When the dual mode resumes we will return to the week planning followed for the first weeks of the second semester;

- for the Laurea magistralis final exams scheduled between 7 and 9 April, the possibility of taking the exam in person will in any case be guaranteed to all students who have requested it and wish to confirm their orientation. If Lombardy were in the orange zone, it will be possible for undergraduates to be accompanied by a maximum of 5 people, as expected. If, on the other hand, Lombardy were in the red zone, unfortunately it will not be possible to allow the presence of accompanying people. In that case, those who wish to change their orientation on presence can do so by communicating it to the competent offices;

- as you have seen, for students aiming at taking their final exam in the academic year 2019/2020 who were unable to finish the final papers or theses in time for the March-April session, an extraordinary session has been scheduled between 7 and 10 June. The specific dates are available in iCatt and on the dedicated web pages;

- as for the exams of the summer session, the schedule is confirmed, but the uncertainties related to the health situation are still such that it is not possible to define, to date, a certain scenario on the methods of delivery. In that respect, notice will be given as soon as possible.

I send you my sincere wishes for the upcoming Easter. May it be an opportunity for regeneration starting from the heart of each one!

Guido Merzoni

Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences