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Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Study social work with us in 2018

Why study with us?

  • Our internationally recognised social work program is led by faculty members who are experts in their fields.

  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 15th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

Overview

Become an accredited social worker with the Master of Social Work (Qualifying). You'll advance your career and be equipped to take on social work roles in health and community services.

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) equips you to take on leadership roles in social work, the health and community services sector and related fields of practice.

If your ambition is to make a positive difference in mental health, women's services, corrections, disability support, child and family services, migrant and refugee services or international development, then this is the program for you.

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) equips you with the skills and knowledge to become a professional social worker in the health, community services or non-government sector. It is also a pathway to leadership roles in social work and related professions.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) you will complete 96 credit points, comprising:

  • 78 credit points of core units, including a capstone unit; and
  • 18 credit points of elective units, including a minimum of one research unit.

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. Also, some core units are offered in alternating years.

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 School of Education and Social Work website.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

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.

Capstone (compulsory project)

In order to be eligible to enrol in SCWK5003 Intergration of Learning capstone, you must have completed or are about to complete 140 days of field education and at least one master's level research unit of study (6 credit points).

Intergration of Learning is undertaken during the final semester of the MSWQ and enables you to demonstrate your learning across all MSWQ units and contribute to knowledge building and practice in the profession.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to candidature for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) requires:

  • a relevant Australian bachelor's degree (Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate) or equivalent qualification; and
  • evidence of the ability to meet the required prerequisite knowledge in relation to human development and of society; and
  • evidence of three years of relevant 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.

Inherent requirements for programs in social work

To assist you to make informed choices about your study, the School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in social work. In order to successfully complete such a course, you must possess these qualities and skills. (PDF)

Professional accreditation

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) meets Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) requirements for accredited practice.

Graduate opportunities

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.

Future 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 Sydney School of Education and Social Work, including Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Social Work, and Master of Philosophy in Social Work.

Professional development

The Sydney School 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 school.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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