Course Overview

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is a two-year postgraduate coursework Master degree that provides a graduate level qualification into the social work profession.

Students will enter the course with a minimum completed Bachelor degree or equivalent in the applied social and human sciences, such as psychology, counselling, social science, nursing, welfare and community studies, or other cognate areas from which they will be able to build their social work knowledge and practice base. The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) postgraduate qualification will enable current human service and applied health workers to update their professional experience with knowledge and skills for the social work discipline for the purpose of career advancement, career change, taking on leadership roles and/or professional interest, and importantly, to develop their professional identity as a social worker.

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) provides content on social work knowledge, including the impact of gender, sexual preferences, ability, race/ethnicity and culture on the psycho-socio-political, cultural and economic relations and their influence on social issues and problems. Content also covers social work practice methods, including individual, family, and group work, community development and social advocacy, social policy and social research. Particular attention is given to contemporary issues and debates and recent developments in practice and policy, nationally and internationally. What it means to take on a leadership role in the profession is also explored. Importantly, the curriculum addresses mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, child protection and cross-cultural practices as key learning areas, as identified in the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) 2012. Undertaking a research project in research or policy analysis is also a feature of this course.

Professional Accreditation

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) provisionally accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).