- Duration of study (years): 1.5 year
- Title of studies: Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
- Level of Title of Study: Postgraduate (2nd Cycle of Studies)
- Language of instruction: Greek
- Method of Enrollment: Full-time / Part-time
- Minimum European Credit Units (ECTS): 90
The aim of the Program is to acquire specialization in the modern approaches of Social Work at a theoretical and practical level. In particular, the knowledge they will acquire will enable them to more effectively practice the profession in public, non-governmental - voluntary and / or private social welfare organizations.
The main objective of the Program is to develop a horizontal learning culture on social work issues both in Cyprus and in the European area. Students will be able to learn about modern social work theories and methods of assessment and intervention, current social policy, administration of social services as they operate at national and European level. At the same time, to explore the roles and principles of Social Work in a multidisciplinary context in the field of Health and Welfare.
This approach highlights the nature and nature of Social Work, analyzes the way in which the different sectors and services are related and interacting, and identifies issues that require particular attention in order to produce practical and applied knowledge in addressing current and challenges.
The first specific objective of the Program is to improve the efficiency and productivity of social welfare workers. The second specific goal is to understand the social challenges posed by the rapid political, economic and social changes in the European and global world.
Students will have the opportunity to study in depth the challenges presented, to understand different models of prevention and coping in social crises and new needs of the servants, at both general and specific level. The Program is structured in such a way as to enable students to specialize in areas of particular interest.
Through their attendance and successful completion of their studies, they offer increased opportunities for employment in governmental, non-governmental - voluntary and private organizations operating at local, regional, national and European level, both at the general level of Social Welfare and in more specialized posts (head / ies).
Access to Further Studies
Graduates of the postgraduate program will also be able to undertake PhD studies in Social Work, Social Policy, Public Administration, or any other related area if they so wish. The design of the specific program takes these perspectives into account, through the possibility of writing a dissertation. By choosing the dissertation thesis, students will have the opportunity to work on a substantial part of a future research work and are expected to be placed in an advantageous position in their potential application to a PhD program as opposed to graduates without a dissertation thesis experience.
Assessment of the course usually consists of a final examination and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include, inter alia, mid-term review, studies, and classroom participation.
The score is calculated based on the weight of the final examination, the continuous assessment and the actual numerical score obtained in these two evaluations. Based on the grade, the average grade of a student's semester (GPA) and the overall average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 90 ECTS as well as all program requirements.
The minimum required general grade (CPA) is 2.0. Although with the grade 'D-' the course is considered successful, the required average is 'C' to achieve the required minimum general grade (CPA) 2.0.
Upon completion of the program the students are expected to be able to:
- Understand in-depth the concepts, theories and processes of social work that support the design and implementation of interventions in various social groups.
- They develop and formulate processes related to quality and equality in the provision of services to their organization's employees.
- They recognize the ontological background of social theories, research and practice in the science of Social Work.
- Adopt practical skills related to planning, implementing and evaluating interventions on individuals, groups, communities and social organizations.
- They gain knowledge of research methods, their use and their applicability in exploring a wide range of organizational, community and social problems.
- They design and implement community programs aimed at promoting and developing social welfare.
- They analyze social policy and evaluate its implications and impact on service groups.
- Organize and manage effectively any kind of Social Service. Take leadership roles both in promoting social work and the profession of social worker, and in empowering / advocating social groups.
- Communicate successfully, collaborate and share information with other health and welfare professionals and organizations in identifying the need for change, implementing change strategies and effective program management.
The University offers scholarships and financial support to undergraduate full-time students (30 ECTS / four months) in the form of academic performance scholarships, financial status, sports scholarships as well as work-study programs on the campus.