Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) prepares students to practice as accredited professional social workers in a range of fields including health and mental health, corrections, community work, aged care, women’s services, disability, child and family services, migrant and refugee services and international development. Applicants should have a previous Bachelor’s degree and extensive work experience in the human services field. Drawing on Australian and international perspectives, the program aims to graduate students able to take leadership roles in the social work profession, the health and community services sector and other fields of practice. The content of the MSW (Qual) is based on the values set out in the AASW Code of Ethics and the AASW Practice Standards. A commitment to social justice is a core value of the University of Sydney Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- SCWK5003 - Integration of Learning
- SCWK5004 - Practice Learning 1
- SCWK5005 - Practice Learning 2A
- SCWK5006 - Practice Learning 2B
- SCWK5007 - Social Perspectives on Ageing
- SCWK5008 - Child Wellbeing and Child Protection
- SCWK5010 - Social Work Practice
- SCWK5011 - Violence Against Women
- SCWK5012 - Health and Inequality
- SCWK6902 - Social Research
- SCWK6908 - Authorised Independent Study and Report
- SCWK6910 - Working with Communities
- SCWK6917 - Practice Development
- SCWK6920 - Mental Health: Practice and Theory
- SCWK6943 - Practice: Theory Development
- SCWK6948 - Social Policy Frameworks
- SCWK6949 - Global Social Policy
Further course information
Master of Social Work (Qualifying) students complete 96 credit points, comprising 78 credit points (cp) of core units of study, including a capstone unit (6cp) and 18cp of elective units of study, including a minimum of one research unit (6cp). Please refer to Progression rules for details. The course is timetabled to enable students to continue to work on at least a part time basis. Some units of study will be delivered flexibly in block and/or on-line. The AASW guidelines indicate all students must complete 140 days practice learning under the direct supervision of a suitably experienced and qualified social work practitioner. Arrangements for practice learning will be negotiated on a case by case basis with students, exploring the possibilities for recognition of prior learning and placement in existing workplaces. These negotiations will be with the Director of Field Education and will be consistent with the requirements of the AASW for accredited practice. For further information regarding the course structure, please visit the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.
The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is a 2 year full time or 4 year part time course of study.
(1) Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including field education units, before proceeding to the next year.
(2) Candidates must pass the core unit of study, SCWK5010 Social Work Practice, before proceeding to the core unit of study, SCWK5004 Practice Learning 1.
(3) Candidates must pass the core unit of study, SCWK5004 Practice Learning 1 and a minimum of 12 credit points before proceeding to the core unit of study, SCWK5005 Practice Learning 2A.
(4) Candidates must complete the capstone unit in the final semester of the course.
Candidates complete 140 days of field education and at least one master's level research unit of study (6 credit points).
Course outcomes and further study
The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) responds to the key priority learning areas identified by the AASW accreditation process: child protection; cross-cultural practice; standards for practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities; and mental health. Graduates are able to take leadership roles in the social work profession, the health and community services sector, and other fields of practice.
The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) meets Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) requirements for accredited practice.
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 our website to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the faculty.
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to candidature for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) requires:
(a) a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
(b) evidence of the ability to meet the required prerequisite knowledge in relation to human development and of society; and
(c) evidence of employment history in human and community services industry.
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without a bachelor’s degree who, in the opinion of the Faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successful undertake the award. This may include evidence through publications or authorship of official documents.
How to apply
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 October. Applicants are advised to download the three supplementary forms and complete the information before commencing their online application.
For further information regarding the application process, please visit the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). International applicants are advised to download the three supplementary forms and complete the information before commencing their online application.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of 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). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee not available for Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee not available for Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
Additional incidental fees
Additional incidental fees not available for Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
Potential for inaccuracy
Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
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.
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.