Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

Submission of applications:
Start: January 9, 2017
End: September 1, 2017.

4 years (Full-time study)

Credits: 240 ECTS
Places available: 60, Spanish

The discipline of Social Work has a long tradition all over the world. Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE offers the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, which stared in the 2008/09 academic year, being firstly introduced in Madrid. After more than 50 years of training social workers, this degree is characterized by a solid theoretical and practical training, with distinguishing features designed to respond to the current social situation.

Social Work is an increasingly necessary profession, which fosters the development of people and communities, and contributes to approach economic and social changes and to increase societies' well-being.

While studying your Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, you can also obtain the Diploma in International Development Cooperation to help you enter the professional sphere of social workers within the field of development cooperation.


4 years.

Places for new admissions:


Submission of applications:

January 9th to September 1st, 2017.

Information about the documentation to submit

Open days:

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 10:00 in Cantoblanco

Financial information:

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work Course fees: €1,056.12 plus nine monthly installments of €402.60 each.

Diploma in International Development Cooperation, to be studied from the third year. Course fees: €131.49 (per course) plus nine monthly installments of €49.50 (per course).

Information about study grants

Information on Talent Education (Educa el Talento) grants



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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.

Services for students with special needs:

'Support Program for Students with Disabilities'

Structure of the bachelor's degree
  • Los estudios de Graduado en Trabajo Social se estructuran en 4 años, y se adscribe a la rama de conocimiento de Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas. El Plan de estudios tiene 240 ECTS (60 por curso).

Timetables and exam schedule
  • 240 ECTS


Profile after graduating

The Degree in Social Work trains professionals that 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.

Graduates will develop the following abilities for their professional practice:

  • Identify problems and needs.
  • Assist individuals, groups, and communities, preventing risky situations.
  • Develop and organize resources, abilities and personal skills, as well as for families, groups and communities to face vulnerable situations, and improve living conditions.
  • Mediate to improve human relations, and conflict resolution.
  • Design projects, programs, and involvement/prevention plans.
  • Advocate and design public politics that fight exclusion and foster rights.
  • Organize, coordinate and manage professional teams, and public/private resources, as well as the institutions that provide them.
  • Applied Social research.
  • Advocacy of the Associations´ network.
  • Design, organize and launch social ventures.
Career prospects for the Degree in Social Work

Social Services (municipal or regional administration):

  • Municipal Social Services: Centers for general social services and specialist social services
  • Regional Community social services

In specialist care centers for various social groups (public, private):

  • The elderly: Care homes, day centers, supervised apartments, leisure programs, etc.
  • Children and young people: Protection centers, young offender centers, supervised apartments, leisure and social centers, organizations that work directly with children, etc.
  • Women: Hostels and shelters, support programs for abused women, diverse organizations and agencies, etc.
  • Drug addiction: Rehabilitation centers and programs, supervised apartments, support groups, etc.
  • The homeless: Shelters, soup kitchens, organizations, etc.
  • People with disabilities: Early care centers, care homes, day centers, organizations, etc.
  • People in jail: Social reinsertion projects, prisons projects, supervised apartments, etc.

In Education

  • Schools and education centers

In Healthcare

  • Hospitals and health centers

In Justice

  • Courts

In Emergencies

  • Social services provided by municipal emergency and rescue services (such as the SAMUR in Madrid) and emergencies support services


  • Corporate social responsibility departments
  • HR departments


  • Training, Social Expert Appraisal, providing service to individuals, organizations and businesses, etc.
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

Students will carry out external work experience two mornings per week from the second year (450 hours in total). In the first year, they study a workshop module where active social workers introduce them to the different fields of professional practice. [Further information]


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.


  • CE1 - Know about of the basics of human behavior, of the different stages in the life cycle, and of the influence that the interaction of biological, psychological, socio-structural, and cultural factors have on its form and development.
  • CE2 - Know about the social structures, processes of social change, and the effects that social inequalities trigger in the development of people.
  • CE3 - Know about differentiating elements such as ethnicity, culture, and gender, and their influence on situations of discrimination, oppression, and vulnerability, manifesting in the form of different access to resources for people, groups, and communities.
  • CE4 - Know about the basics of civil law, family law, and public law, and the legislative systems present in these fields.
  • CE5 - Work with people, groups, and communities to identify their needs and problems, and to evaluate the available personal and social resources, in order to evaluate the most appropriate options for intervention.
  • CE6 - Train people, groups, and communities so that they can defend their rights themselves and make complaints to the appropriate authorities, acting in their name only when the situation requires it.
  • CE7 - Respond to crisis and emergency situations, evaluating the urgency of the situations, planning and developing actions to confront them and reviewing their results.
  • CE8 - Use the methods and theories of social work in intervention with people, groups, and communities, to promote their development and improvements to their living conditions.
  • CE9 - Design, implement, and evaluate social intervention plans, with the participation of those affected and other professionals involved.
  • CE10 - Incorporate social networks as the object and as a means in processes of intervention in social work.
  • CE11 - Strengthen the group intervention view point as an option for professional action, supporting the creation and development of groups, accompanying them in their different steps, in order to stimulate individual growth and interpersonal relation skills.
  • CE12 - Favor primary and secondary professional prevention actions, evaluating high-risk situations and behavior and establishing intervention alternatives.
  • CE13 - Analyze and systematize knowledge derived from the everyday practice of social work and the contributions of social research, in order to update and improve professional intervention strategies.
  • CE14 - Establish action strategies to prevent and confront the risks derived from professional stress and promoting care of the self by social workers.
  • CE15 - Know, analyze, and design social welfare policies that favor the development of social resource systems, participating in the management of them, by applying quality criteria.
  • CE16 - Design and develop professional instruments that collect the necessary information for evaluating and making professional decisions in a clear, precise, and up to date fashion.
  • CE17 - Promote teamwork and make the most of its benefits as a space for reflection and guiding practice and as an instrument for analyzing situations and designing alternative options for intervention that open pathways for professional cooperation.
  • CE18 - Manage and direct social welfare bodies.
  • CE19 - Ability to negotiate and mediate as an intervention strategy intended as an alternative means of resolving conflicts.
  • CE20 - Work within agreed social work standards, ensuring quality in professional performance and continuous improvement.
  • CE21 - Identify and manage ethical conflicts, dilemmas, and problems by designing strategies for overcoming them and reflecting on them.
  • CE22 - Promote knowledge of the organizations in which social workers carry out their activity and their implications for professional practice.
  • CE23 - Incorporate the perspective of delivering best practice in the analysis of professional work in the different bodies.
  • CE24 - Promote a social work practice that develops within the framework of professional ethics, manifesting itself in the form of non-discriminatory practices that respect self-determination.
  • CE25 - Stimulate participation by people and groups with which action is taken, enabling them to lead their processes of change, evaluate their development, and decide new lines of action.
  • CE26 - Critically analyze social reality as a way of identifying and preventing the appearance of new social problems.
  • CE27 - Critically analyze the origins and aims of social work, in order to encourage better understanding of the profession's purpose in different social contexts.
  • CE28 - Know and evaluate the ethical codes of social work, and their applicability in specific contexts.
  • CE29 - Develop critical thinking to allow revision, advance, and improvement of social intervention methodologies.
  • CE30 - Develop a social awareness that is based on identification of the causes of social problems in order to strengthen promotion of people.
  • CE31 - Know social research techniques, the paradigms that support it, and distinguish the fundamental features of each of them, to be able to define, design, and manage a social research project.


In addition to the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, you can also take the Dual Degree Program in Criminology and Social Work.

During the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, students will do an external internship two mornings a week, starting in the second year of studies (a total of 450 hours).

With the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, you will have the option to spend a semester or even the whole academic year at foreign universities in the United States, Europe or South America, with which specific agreements for Social Work have been signed, as well as to do an internship during your exchange.

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