Health and Welfare, Work Life Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)


The Health and Welfare programme is offered by Malardalens University.

After completing the training program, the student:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in each subject area, including both broad knowledge in the field and substantially deeper knowledge of certain parts of the field and insight into current research and development, and
  • demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.
Local objectives:
  • develop in-depth knowledge in the field where health research and welfare research meet,
  • critically examine and argue for the individual and group health and welfare is promoted by interdisciplinary collaboration,
  • critically examine and discuss theories relevant to the process of change in modern organizations, and
  • develop in-depth knowledge about the importance of work and the interaction between the individual, group, organization and community.
Skills and Abilities
After completing the training program, the student:
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyze, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information, the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate issues and to plan and carry out advanced tasks within specified time frames and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work,
  • demonstrate the ability in both national and international contexts, orally and in writing, present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, and
  • demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development or to work independently in other advanced contexts.
Local objectives:
  • plan, implement and evaluate evidence-based practice in health and welfare,
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the working science major problem areas, multi-disciplinary theory base and methods, and
  • to analyze the social and psychological processes at work.
  • evaluation ability and approach
After completing the training program, the student:
  • demonstrate skills in the main area of study to make judgments with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development,
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used;
  • ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to take responsibility for developing their knowledge.
Local objectives:
  • evaluate participation in health and welfare, and
  • critically discuss and evaluate working scientific findings, causes and consequences of individual, group, organizational and societal.

Programme Structure

During the first year of the two-year program is read a number of courses of 7.5 credits each. One of these courses are designed for students to gain in-depth knowledge of management, organization and leadership development and change of activities in the field of health and welfare, and another course focuses on advanced knowledge of evidence in health and welfare. There is also a scientific method course in qualitative methods, as well as courses in the advancement of science work. Working course consists of a course with a historical and sociological perspective on the social and organizational theory and also a course where the focus is on health from theoretical and application perspective. During the first year read additional method course with specialization in quantitative methods. The first academic year ends with a thesis of 15 credits. Students also have the option after completing courses and approved thesis of 15 credits to apply for a master's degree in the direction of the main field.

Students who choose the 2-year Master's program and to write a thesis of 30 credits begin during the corresponding time the first part of the independent work ( 15hp). For students who already have a master's degree in the main field and meet the special jurisdiction of method knowledge are able to directly start the second year of the two-year program.

Throughout the program is done joint studies with other master's programs in the health and welfare of all courses that are not specializations in working life science. In addition, the planned joint studies to the extent possible even with the College's postgraduate programs in health and welfare during the Master's program semester 3 and 4. The main joint section of the graduate program is implemented with the courses included in the training of researchers first year. The courses can be relevant for joint studies has been the theme of theoretical perspectives and focusing on participation in health and welfare (two 7.5 credits courses). It may also be applicable for joint studies regarding the two 7.5 credits courses in methodology builds on the previously mentioned courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

When no possibility for joint studies is given semester 3 and 4 time 15 hp and subject specialization 15 credits. Thread Depression seeks deeper knowledge of working science as a subject, its development, theories, methods and key issues and to assess how these can be applied in concrete research work.

The progression during the first year based on the knowledge and skills that is dedicated to programs that provide Bachelor's degree in the subject area . Master program's focus during the first year is that students will acquire advanced skills in leadership, organization and team work. The student should acquire advanced skills in search, evaluate and use scientific knowledge, and evaluate them in health and welfare.

The second year of the master's program focuses on research activities in health and welfare. The joint courses during the second year is aimed at a deeper understanding of the health and welfare sector and the research issues that are relevant and urgent in this research area. The progression is that students acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of how different disciplines can collaborate in the research to answer questions in a broader perspective than merely on the basis of a single discipline. The courses for the master of education second academic year can be at the discretion credited in the first year of graduate studies in Health and Welfare.

Year 1
  • Leadership, groups and organization in health and welfare
  • Evidence based practice and evaluation
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative research methods
Subject specialization in Working Life Science:
  • Work and organization
  • Work and health
  • thesis
Year 2
  • Qualitative research methods I
  • Quantitative research methods II
  • health and welfare - theoretical perspectives
  • health and welfare - focus on participation
Subject Specialization in Work Science:
  • Working life as a scientific field
  • thesis
Selection of the program
Students choose courses for in-depth studies in the main field. These subject specialization courses are provided that sufficient number of candidates available.


The training program is structured so that the studies will lead to that fulfill the requirements for the following degree:
  • Master of Arts degree with a major in Working Life Science (Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) in Work Life Studies
The independent project may comprise less than 30 credits if the student already has completed work on the second level of at least 15 credits in the main field, or an equivalent foreign education. The total score for the independent projects must always be at least 30 credits.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 29 August
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A completed bachelors degree from an institution of higher education of trhee years or more, equivalent to 180 credits within the fields of public health, caring, nursing or medical science.
  • A TOEFL test result, minimum score 575 with a TWE score of at least 4.5 (PBT) or 90 with a TWE score of at least 20 (iBT) or an IELTS test result with an overall band score of minimum 6.5 and no band score below 5.5 or equivalent is required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 28493 International
  • Free EU/EEA

  • International students: Total programme fee: 270,000 SEK.


Mlardalen University scholarship of excellence

Every year Mlardalen University offers a limited numbers of scholarships to students applying for a Master's programme with us as their first choice.

The scholarship will cover 100% of the tuition fee of the programme as long as you follow the normal study plan (minimum 22.5 credits/semester, minimum 45 credits/academic year). The scholarship does not cover living expenses. If your status from being a fee-paying student to a non-paying student is changed during the study period of the programme you will no longer be granted the scholarship.

Please note, if your application for scholarship is to be considered you must have applied for the programme at Mlardalen University as your first choice and submitted supporting documentation within deadlines. In addition the application fee must have been paid in time.

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