Ersta Sköndal University College

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Ersta Sköndal Högskola

Ersta Sköndal högskola (or Ersta Sköndal University College) is a private Swedish institution for higher education and research. The University College offers education in nursing, social work, church music, theology and psychotherapy as well as research within the field of social science, welfare rights, health care science, health care ethics, palliative care, diaconal research, organisational and worklife ethics and psychotherapy research.

The aims of the research programme are in line with the university college’s diaconal history. In 1851, the first nurse training course in Sweden was launched by Marie Cederschiöld under the auspices of Ersta diakoni. The first socially oriented programme at national level began at the turn of the last century in the form of diaconal training at the Stora Sköndal Foundation.

Today Ersta Sköndal University College is owned by Ersta diakoni, Stora Sköndal Foundation and Bräcke diakoni, divided into three campuses located in Södermalm, Stockholm, Stora Sköndal, south of Stockholm and Hisingen, Gothenburg.

The historical background has resulted in human health, welfare, and vulnerability being the focus of study and explains how research fields have developed and given the university its specific profile.


  • The department of diaconal studies, church music and theology
  • The department of social sciences
  • The department of health care sciences
  • ST Lukas educational institute
  • The institute for commissioned education
  • Palliative research centre
  • The institute for organisational and worklife ethics
  • Library

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Coordinates: 59°18′59.6″N 18°5′11.13″E / 59.316556°N 18.0864250°E / 59.316556; 18.0864250