Course and stream title
Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.
This master's degree is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to candidature for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) requires:
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
evidence of the ability to meet the required pre-requisite knowledge in relation to human development and of society; and
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.
English Language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.
The units of study that may be taken for this course are set out in the Table of Units of Study for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
To qualify for the award of the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) a candidate must complete 96 credit points, comprising:
78 credit points of core units of study, including a capstone unit from the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) Table; and
18 credit points of elective units of study, including a minimum of one research unit from the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) Table.
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.
Candidates must pass the core unit of study, SCWK5010 Social Work Practice, before proceeding to the core unit of study, SCWK5004 Practice Learning 1.
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.
Candidates must complete the capstone unit in the final semester of the program.
Credit towards the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) may be granted under the following conditions:
no more than 24 credit points will be granted;
credit may be granted for previous supervised practice learning or equivalent professional practice experience. If granted it will be towards the unit of study, SCWK5004 Practice Learning 1, but may not be granted towards the unit of study, SCWK5005 Practice Learning 2A or SCWK5006 Practice Learning 2B. Application for credit for professional practice experience requires a minimum of three years full time equivalent practice in a relevant social work context; and
the study must have been completed within five years of commencement of candidature for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
Candidates who have completed 24 credit points of units of study, including either the unit of study, SCWK5010 Social Work Practice or SCWK66943 Practice Theory Development may elect to exit the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) and graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016 and provided that there is no suspension of candidature, in which case the candidature for any period shall proceed under the by-laws and resolutions in force at the time of re-enrolment. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.