Master of Social Work

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

If you're a social work practitioner, the Master of Social Work will enable you to reflect on and formulate your practise, read about and appraise alternative practises and theories, and assess your work problems and clients' needs in new ways. You will learn how to evaluate existing practise and provision critically, with a view to promoting change and improvement in services offered and outcomes affected in the lives and situations of your clients. The course offers opportunities for the analysis and investigation of theories and initiatives in social policy and their impacts.

Course outline


Study plan


Master of Social Work students are required to complete 48 credit points (cp) (8 units of study) which comprises 12cp (2 units of study) of core units and 36cp (6 units of study) of elective units to be chosen from the Social Work units of study table.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

A candidate may complete the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work by selecting and completing a total of 48 credit points (cp) (8 units of study) which comprises of 12cp (2 units of study) of core units and 36cp (6 units of study) of elective units to be chosen from the Social Work table. Students may include a dissertation of 12,000 words (12cp), subject to the approval of the faculty, as their capstone experience.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates may complete a dissertation (12 credit points) (cp), special project (12cp) over two semesters, and/or an authorised independent study requiring a report (6cp) over one semester on an approved topic under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon completion of the Master of Social Work, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to further their careers in evaluating existing practise and promoting change and improvement in services offered and outcomes effected in the lives and situations of clients. It offers opportunities for the analysis and investigation of theories and initiatives in social policy and their impact.

Further study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research University, and the faculty is a world-class research centre in the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher research degrees are available within the Faculty of Education and Social Work, including Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Social Work and Master of Philosophy in Social Work .

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit us http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/professional_learning/index.shtml to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the faculty.

Admission

Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to candidature for the Master of Social Work requires:
(a) completion of the embedded Graduate Diploma in Social Work, or equivalent qualification; or
(b) both the four year Bachelor of Social Work degree of the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers; and
(c) evidence of at least one year’s full-time employment in Social Work.
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of November. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in June. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Social Work.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Social Work.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.