Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

Submission of applications:
Start: November 24, 2017
End: June 29, 2018

4 years (Full-time study)

Credits: 240 ECTS
Places available: 60, Spanish

Social Work is becoming an increasingly necessary occupation, due to the fact that it promotes personal and community development and offers tools to address social and economic change and to increase the community's wellbeing.

After more than 50 years training future social workers, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas offers a Degree in Social Work, which is based on an exhaustive theoretical training and a 500-hour external internship module in public or private institutions and in different scopes of professional activity.

If, while you are doing the Degree in Social Work, you are interested in promoting the community's capacities, and in designing and implementing social intervention projects within a network, we also offer the Diploma in International Development Cooperation which allows to take your first steps in professional social works in the scope of development aid, thanks to a theoretical and practical training including  an internship in an institution which implements development aid programmes at an international level.

  • Our university is ranked as the second best university in Spain and the best private university in Spain to study Social Work (2017rank of degrees published by El Mundo).
  • Internships from the second year. 500 hours internships in centres and services specifically working in social welfare. Internships shall be under the supervision of a social worker from the institution where the internship takes place and a professor from the University.
  • Besides international exchange programmes, we also offer a Graduate Diploma in Social Development Aid designed by this university, which may be taken, as an optional course, in third and fourth years.
  • Capacitation for using English in a professional environment. Our Graduate Diploma in communicative competence and courses in foreign languages offer 360 hours of training in English, taught by native teachers, from the first year.
  • Our prices are competitive, and the University has a programme of grants for those students who are interested in our courses and need financial assistance.


4 years.

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Places for new admissions:


Submission of applications:

November 24 to June 29, 2018

Information about the documentation to submit

Open days:

March 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Information session

April 13, 2018

Applicant profile:

Social workers foster human rights and social cohesion, as well as support people, groups, and communities to help them improve their daily lives, and social well-being. These professionals work alongside their target groups and other experts. Carrying out social work involves consistently keeping personal relationships in different settings and levels. Because of this, students willing to become social workers must be sensitive towards social problems, motivated, focused on people, and at the same time, stand out as service oriented individuals. They should be flexible when it comes to complexity and diversity. Candidates for the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work should be analytical, have critical sense, and also be able to see the overall picture. Skills in communication and interpersonal relations are highly important, as well as sense of commitment, responsibility, autonomy and initiative. Applicants should lean towards research and be curious, in order to develop new ideas and plans.

Admissions requirements:

To begin your studies is a prerequisite condition prove you accomplish with the legal requirements of access to the University.

Admission process and recruitment criteria:

Admissions tests will be held between April 17 and May 10, 2017.

Admission tests include a personal interview with a professor of one of the courses, which is aimed at exploring their motivations to choose this career and in which the applicant's academic record is analysed and discussed, as well as a short written essay.

Candidates will take an English test aimed at determining their level for the Diploma in Communication Skills and Foreign Language Studies, which is compulsory and taken simultaneously with the Bachelor's Degree course.

Admissions criteria will evaluate:

  • 60% academic record

  • 30% interview

  • 10% essay

Admission tests are one-on-one, prior appointment, and will take place in the Cantoblanco campus (Madrid). Each application is evaluated by the Admissions Committee of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, whose Board is: Dean, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Head of Studies, and interviewing professors. The Committee reports to the Dean, who finally admits the student.

The dates of publication of the lists of admitted would be the following:

  • 1st list of admitted: February 23, 2018

  • 2nd list of admitted: March 23, 2018

  • 3rd list of admitted: April 20, 2018

  • 4th list of admitted: May 25, 2018

  • 5th list of admitted: June 22, 2018

  • 6th list of admitted: July 20, 2018

Services for students with special needs:

'Support Program for Students with Disabilities'

Financial information:

Degree in Social Work: Tuition: € 1,077.84 plus nine monthly payments of € 410.40 each.

Diploma in International Development Cooperation, starting from 3rd: Tuition: € 224.55 (per course) plus nine monthly fees of € 85.80 (per course).

Information about study grants

Information on Talent Education (Educa el Talento) grants

Information point:

Information and Student Reception Office
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 21 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 540 61 32
Fax: +34 91 559 65 69
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Structure of the bachelor's degree

  • The Degree in Social Work is structured in four academic years and is comprised in the Social Sciences and Law area of knowledge. The corresponding syllabus comprises 240 ECTS (60 per year).

Timetables and exam schedule


  • 240 ECTS


Professional opportunities for Graduates in Social Work

You may work either in any social protection programme or social intervention area in the public or private sector.

In general social services or specialised assistance to specific groups: homes, day care centres and assisted living homes for the elderly, youth residential centres or shelters for children or teenagers, assistance programmes or shelters for women who have suffered domestic violence, assistance instution and support groups for drug users, shelters for the homeless, early assistance centres, homes, day care centres, associations for the disabled and reintegration programmes, prisons and guarded homes for inmates.

In Education  (schools and other academic centres), Health Care (hospitals and healthcare centres), the Court System (Courts), Emergency Services (emergency healthcare and social emergency services), Corporations (Corporative Social Responsibility or Human Resources Departments) or as a freelance (training, social assessment, assistance to individuals, associations and corporations, etc.).

Professional profile

This Degree in Social work trains professionals to promote human rights and social cohesion and support individuals, groups and communities to improve their everyday lives and social wellbeing, working with other social workers or other professionals. 

The future social workers are trained in skills and capabilities for professional work such as identification of those needs and issues which need addressing, assisting individuals, groups and communities in their needs, preventing risk situations, promoting and using individual, family, group and community resources, skills and capacities to address vulnerable situations and improve life conditions, using mediation to improve human relationships and solve conflicts, designing prevention and intervention projects, programmes, and plans, leading and coordinating professional teams, public and private resources and from the institutions to which those belong, carrying out applied social research and designing, organizing and implementing social entrepreneurship initiatives.

Academic prospects

Masters related to the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  • Human Resources
  • International Development Cooperation
  • International Migrations (Online).
  • Philosophy: Humanism and Trascendence
  • Middle and High School Teacher

From their second year, students carry out external internships amounting to 500 hours in public or private institutions and in different scopes from professional intervention. In their first year, students take a workshop where active social workers introduce them to the different scopes of professional activity.

The internships in Social Work are carried out in different public or private institutions where social workers help people to cope with whichever healthcare, educational, and social difficulties they may encounter.

Interns may, following professional and academic criteria and depending on the year they are taking, carry out tasks such as documentation, project preparation, interviews, home visits, submission of procedures before public or private entities and other administrative tasks, attendance to training initiatives or team meetings of the institutions at which they are interns, assisting and taking part in group interventions and awareness of and coordination with other instution with which the relevant centre collaborates on a regular basis.


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During your university training in Social Work, you will have the opportunity to study a semester or a whole year at one of the universities in the USA, Europe or Latin America with which we have established specific Social Work-related partnerships. You will also have the chance to complete an internship during your time abroad.

We also offer the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work International Concentration, which you can choose to study simultaneously during your 3rd and 4th year, and for which you will receive an official diploma from the Comillas Pontifical University.

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  • CG1 - Acquire knowledge in various fields of study based on reading advanced text books and including elements that suggest knowledge at the forefront of the field.
  • CG2 - Know how to apply knowledge to work in a professional manner, and display mastery of the skills normally acquired through the creation and defense of arguments, and problem-solving within your field of study.
  • CG3 - Ability to summarize and analyze relevant data in order to issue opinions involving personal reflection on pertinent social, scientific or ethical topics.
  • CG4 - Ability to convey information, ideas, issues, and solutions to both specialized and lay audiences alike.
  • CG5 - Develop the necessary learning abilities to undertake studies at present and in subsequent years with a high level of autonomy.
  • CG6 - Ability to adapt to the new situations imposed by a changing society.
  • CG7 - Be capable of autonomous decision making.
  • CG8 - Develop critical thinking.
  • CG9 - Ability to organize and plan.
  • CG10 - Ability to express oneself correctly both in speech and in writing.
  • CG11 - Acquire the ability to manage information, by employing and analyzing different sources.
  • CG12 - Have interpersonal relationship skills.
  • CG13 - Understand and value the perspectives of other cultures and customs; recognize cultural and human diversity; appreciate its value and scope; be able to manage such cultural diversity in various professional settings.
  • CG14 - Develop knowledge relating to information and communication technologies, and knowledge of languages.
  • CG15 - Develop creativity as a way of identifying, preventing, and solving social problems and conflicts.
  • CG16 - Use initiative and entrepreneurial spirit as a way to contribute to innovative solutions to the different social issues surrounding us.
  • CG17 - Have leadership ability, not only as a manager of professional teams, but also in the training of community leaders.
  • CG18 - Be highly motivated to engage in the professional field, acting responsibly and sustainably, and always striving for a high level of quality.
  • CG19 - Successfully engage in team work, particularly within multidisciplinary teams.



  • SC1 - Being aware of the basis of human behaviour, of the different stages of life and the influence of such stages in individual development, and of interaction between biological, psychological, social, structural and cultural factors.
  • SC2 - Being aware of social structure, social change processes and the effect of social inequality in individual development.
  • SC3 - Being aware of the differentiating elements such as ethnicity, culture and gender, and of its influence in situations of discrimination, oppression and vulnerability, which are materialised in the different levels of access to resources of persons, groups and communities.
  • SC4 - Acquiring basic knowledge on the areas of Civil Law, Family Law and Public Law, and of the existing legislative systems in these areas.
  • SC5 - Working with individuals, groups and communities for identification of their needs and problems and assessment of the resources available, both at personal and social level, in order to assess which are the best intervention areas.
  • SC6 - Empowering individuals, groups and communities to fight for their rights and to submit any claim before any relevant institutions, and only acting in their behalf when the situation requires so.
  • SC7 - Being able to respond to crisis and emergency situations, assessing their urgency and planning and developing actions to address these situations and analysing their results.
  • SC8 - Appling social work theories and methods to interventions involving persons, groups and communities, in order to promote their development and improve their living conditions.
  • SC9 - Designing, implementing and assessing social intervention projects, involving the interested persons and other participating professionals.
  • SC10 - Using social networks as both a goal and a means in social work intervention procedures.
  • SC11- Promoting a group intervention approach as a professional intervention alternative, and supporting the creation and development of groups, being there for them along their different developmental stages in order to promote personal growth and interpersonal skills.
  • SC12 - Promoting professional interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention, assessing risk situations and behaviour and establishing intervention alternatives.
  • SC13 - Analysing in a systematic way all knowledge obtained from daily exercise of social work and the contributions made by social research in order to update and improve professional intervention strategies.
  • SC14 - Establishing intervention strategies to prevent and address risks arising from professional stress and promoting self-care among social workers.
  • SC15 - Being aware, analysing and designing policies of social welfare which promote development of social resources systems, and participating in their management by the application of quality criteria.
  • SC16 - Designing and preparing professional instruments that collect all information needed for professional assessment and decision-making in a clear, accurate and updated manner.
  • SC17 - Promoting teamwork and using its benefits as a space for re-thinking and orienting the practice of social work, and as a space for analysing situations and designing intervention alternatives which open the way to professional collaborations.
  • SC18 - Managing and leading social welfare institutions.
  • SC19 - Acquiring negotiating and mediating skills as an intervention strategy aimed at alternative conflict solution.
  • SC20 - Working within agreed standards for the exercise of Social Work, ensuring quality professional performance and continuous improvement. .
  • SC21 -Identifying and managing ethical problems, conflicts, and dilemmas by analysing such issues and designing strategies to overcome them.
  • SC22 - Promoting knowledge on those organizations where the social worker develops their works and their impact in daily professional practice.
  • SC23 - Beinh aware of the good practices perspective when analysing professional tasks in different institutions.
  • SC24- Promoting an ethical focus on social work which is developed in the frameworks of a professional ethics, and which highlights those practices which are non-discriminatory and promote the individuals' agency.
  • SC25 - Promoting the participation of those persons and communities on which the social worker intervenes, and providing them with sufficient skills to lead their own processes of change, to assess their development and to decide upon new action lines.
  • SC26 - Critically analysing social reality, as a way to identify and prevent new social problems.
  • SC27 - Critically analysing the sources and purposes of social work in order to promote a better understanding of the purpose of this professional in different social contexts.
  • SC28 - Being aware and assessing ethical codes of conduct for social work and their applicability in specific contexts.
  • SC29 - Developing critical thinking so as to be able to review, develop and improve existing social intervention methods.
  • SC30 - Developing social awareness born from identification of the causes of social problems and aimed at promoting individuals.
  • SC31 - Being aware of social research techniques and the paradigms on which they are supported, and identify the main characteristics of each of them, in order to acquire the skills to define, design and manage a social research.
  • SC32 - Being aware of and understand the conceptual basis of the law and its importance in regulating social relationships; being able to identify the sources of law and their prevalence.
  • SC33 - Being aware of the law enforcement processes, and capable of carrying out an interpretation of the law according to the rules and principles of the relevant legal system and understand its effects, the fact that such laws must necessarily be enforced and the consequences of not doing so.
  • SC34 - Being aware of the institutional structure of the State and being capable of identifying the organizations defined in the Constitution and their respective roles.
  • SC35 - Being aware of the rights, duties and public freedoms granted by the Constitution and the constitutional system of guarantees.
  • SC36 - Understanding the legal system as a complex integral system, being capable of identifying the legal sources of Public law and of applying them to specific situations.
  • SC37 - Understanding the basic concepts of family law and laws regarding minors and acquiring the necessary competences to apply such knowledge to daily practice.
  • SC38 - Writing legal documents in an orderly and understandable way, identifying the basic sources of law and using convincing legal arguments regarding family law and laws with regard to minors.
  • SC39 - Applying fundamental sociology and anthropology concepts, such as socialization, stratification or social control, to analysis of marginalisation, social exclusion, or criminal subcultures and to design of social intervention programmes.
  • SC40 - Being aware of the relationship of the victim with the penal system in itself and in terms of procedures and assistance.
  • SC41 - Being aware of and understand the different aspect of victimization from its theoretical and research perspectives.
  • SC42 - Being aware of the processes for intervention and treatment of victims, especially when those are persons in vulnerable situations.
  • SC43 - Being e aware of the out-of-court methods for resolving disputes and the legal effects arising from them, and acquiring the necessary skills and strategies to act as a mediator in such disputes and to negotiate in risky environments.
  • SC44 - Describing and analysing the spiritual dimension in today' society, its unitary and diverse character, and to value the importance of religion as one of the sources of individual identity.
  • SC45 - Being aware of the different research designs, and the different procedures for proposing and verifying hypotheses and for interpreting results.
  • SC46 - Providing strategies for identifying and preventing new social problems.
  • SC47 - Being aware of psychosocial principles of group dynamics, both regarding standard groups and marginalized groups.
  • SC48 - Being able to understand an expert report (be it a medical, social, psychiatric or police report) which is part of a legal procedure, both in the sense of understand the criteria considering for such report ans well as the rules that allow to draw legal conclusions and their consequences in civil and criminal procedures.
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