Social Work with Youth and Children (Graduate)

→ Heads About the programme:

• Dr. Raminta Bardauskienė, Programme Director:
Studying in Joint Master’s programme SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH gives unbeatable advantages. First of all these studies provide an opportunity for students to experience two educational environments and to get joint diploma at the end of the study period. Joint diploma can symbolize for employers that graduates have an intercultural knowledge and great adaptability skills, that they are not afraid to take up a challenge and are willing to take responsibility for demanding and complex tasks and duties. Other than getting joint diploma, there are many more advantages, such as professional social work field education experience in different sociocultural context, challenges travelling and studying in multicultural environment, expansion of professional network. We are proud of our graduates who are employed as social workers in different organizations of European countries.

→ Strengths

• Joint Diploma from European Universities: Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania); Riga Stradins University (Latvia);
• Multicultural and Multilingual Environment: 1st semester in Vilnius (Lithuania), 2nd semester in Riga (Latvia); 3rd semester in Vilnius (Lithuania). Students have possibilities to gain a broader range of competencies on the theoretical and practical levels as they study within international students’ group, work with teachers from different European countries, what gives them wider range of practical experience and scientific research skills in field of social work with children and youth.

Erasmus + mobility scholarship available for the semesters.

Information about possibilities to get scholarships here.

The Study Committee is preparing a proposal for 2020 – Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD). In case of wining the studies of selected students would be financed.

→ Characteristics

Locale: Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania (1st semester), Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia (2nd semester), Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania (3rd semester).
Students’ mobility is an essential and integrated part of the Programme (no less than 25 percents of the Programme student must be in the international mobility).
Note: During the first and the third semesters studies are organized in two intensive weeks. During second semester students have one intensive week of studies and one moth of filed practice. After intensive weeks students have to prepare their individual or group tasks, consult with teachers (face-to-face, or online/moodle), to do field visits etc.
Due to the Covid-19 students have a possibility to complete the first semester online. Seminars and lectures will be broadcasted in accordance with the approved schedule of a specific group. Students will be able to take the midterms and examinations remotely as well. Detailed information and 1st semester schedule will be sent to all accepted students two weeks prior to the start of studies.
Field: Social Work – Social Sciences
Requirements: Bachelor diploma and the transcript of records, English language proficiency - the level not lower than B2 (following the Common Framework of Reference for Language approved by the Council of Europe). Distant English language level test is organized for those, who do not possess IELTS or TOEFL certificates
Duration: 1,5 years
Credits: 90
Language: English

→ Content of Lectures

      •First Semester

       •Second Semester

        •Third Semester

Comparative European Social Policy

Interactive Methods Working with Children and Youth

Youth Intercultural Communication

Professional Development and Supervision in Social Work

Scientific Research Practice

Socio-Cultural Empowerment of Different Youth Groups

Social Work Research Methodology

Social Work with Family

Master’s Thesis

Theoretical Models of Social Work

Children and Youth Behavious by Bio-psycho-social Aspects


Master’s Thesis

Children and Youth Career Guidance



Cross-Cultural Mediation



Master’s Thesis


→ Job Opportunities

Programme graduates will be able to realize their career tasks in: children and youth day centers especially working with neglected children and youth; juvenile justice institutions as providers of social services for delinquent children and youth; implementing youth policy in municipalities; improving quality of social work with migrants; developing career guidance services for children and youth; developing universal multifunctional centers.
The graduates may continue in doctoral studies and seek academic careers in national or foreign universities and research institutions.

→ Entry Requirements

Degrees: Bachelor degree or equivalent first university degree (3-year study duration minimum).
English level: At least a B2 level of English proven by a certification (IELTS or TOEFL): the certification can be organized by long distance.
Applicants with a college bachelor's degree from an accredited social work Programme and one year work experience in social work field or with an average of at least 8 grades of professional bachelor's and no less than 8 for final thesis can apply for admission without bridge studies. More info here.

→ Students Experiences

• Dovydas Bliujus and Viktorija Valantinaite, Graduates:
The choice of the Master Programme :
Dovydas : “In order to earn Master‘s degree, I spend long hours searching for a programme that will suit my work position – working as a social worker. Then I received the information about Joint Master‘s programme which was essential to the intensive international learning.”
Viktorija : “I did not wait too long to choose Social work with children and youth, and I do not have regrets to this day.”
Major strength :
Viktorija : “First of all, the format of this programme is perfect and allows for those, who are fully engaged in labor market (working), to study. on convenient and innovative format, there could be uprising of such programmes in the future. It is also important to note, that the team of coordinators and lecturers are competent, flexible and friendly. The seminars are always interactive, we are taught to develop strategies and model our steps to solve issues
Joint study programme with its format are meaningful both in theoretical and practical knowledge. Practical knowledge is at a core of the programme, because we spend much time on analyzing real-life situations. Visits at the institutions are probably the most significant virtue, because theory is directly applied into practice. This aspect usually is lacking in other study programmes
Dovydas : “In a short time I gained a lot of experience and knowledge which still impacts my life to this day. Thus, I could not miss on this opportunity to study at the Joint Master‘s programme. “Out of the box“ – perfectly describes this programme. First of all, studies are embedded in international dimension, where you can communicate openly with highly skilled experts in your field. Some courses are team-taught by couple lecturers which provide great balance. Second, new information is reinforced by the visits to governmental and nongovernmental institutions. During these visits we can compare views and positions of both ours and specialists. These visits are essential part of the programme. Third, is the format of the programme – studies can easily fit with your work schedule.
Conclusion words from Victorija :
Joint Master‘s study programme is a perfect choice for those who seek to earn higher education degree, develop new competences, gain valuable experience by analyzing not only Lithuania‘s, but also other countries‘ practices and policies.”

• Ulla Zumente- Steele (Latvia), Graduate:
Joint Masters programme “Social Work with Children and Youth” is an excellent opportunity to study a specifically designed combination of academic and practical subjects providing a wealth of information and exposure to current issues in the field of children and youth. One of the strengths of the programme is the encouragement from the teachers to think globally, to care about social development and social justice at all societal levels, to explore multicultural aspects, and to undertake comparative social policy studies related to youth. An asset of the programme is that it has attracted a group of students of diverse personal and professional backgrounds who are in a variety of ways devoted to addressing social issues of children and youth, and to the promotion of their well-being. Successful learning requires from the students ability to carry out a significant amount of independent research and study work, balanced by active participation during intensive in-class seminars in Vilnius and Riga and in e-study formats.

• Master's Degree student Paul Jiti Ngeh from Buea, Cameroon
The programme by partnering with Riga Stadins University in Latvia is giving the opportunity for students to study in different cultural backgrounds. It allows students to interact with students from other countries and build a professional relationship in the future. Moreover, the programme is flexible, allowing students to continue working at the same time. The lecturers are really cooperative, always available to help students academically and the lectures are done in a more interactive way than in Cameroon.
Concerning the University, it is a study-friendly environment, with a great library and well equiped. The cost of living is low as compared to other European countries.
That is why I value my studies here at MRU. I would recommend that other students come because they will have a better opportunity to study in a friendly environment.
After graduation, I hope to return to Cameroon to work for an NGO as a social worker providing social services including helping those combatting drug abuse and violent behaviours.

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