Master of Social Work

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
066741F
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Strathfield
Duration:

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Description

The Master of Social Work prepares students for practice as professional social workers. This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) 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).

The Master of Social Work is a vibrant and challenging program that encourages students to build on their existing knowledge and experience as well as providing a sound understanding of social work values and practice approaches. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and on achieving the best possible outcomes for the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of our community.

Students will be taught by leading social work practitioners and academics and there is a strong focus on experiential learning throughout the course.

Course duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Canberra (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 SWTP632
Social Work policy and law
SWTP620
Social Work theory and ethics
SWTP622
Social Work with individuals
SWTP633
Social Work and Mental Health
Year 1 - Semester 2 SWTP624
Social Work with children, youth and family
SWTP625
Field practicum 1
(Pre: SWTP620, SWTP622, SWTP633 )
   
Year 2 - Semester 1 SWTP634
Cross Cultural Social Work
(Pre: SWTP620, SWTP622)
SWTP627
Social Work with Communities
(Pre: SWTP632)
SWTP626
Social Work with Groups
(Pre: SWTP620, SWTP622)
SWTP629
Social Work Research
Year 2 - Semester 2 SWTP630
Social Work Special Studies
(Pre: Complete Year 1)
SWTP631
Field Practicum 2
(Pre: SWTP625, SWTP626, SWTP627 , SWTP629 , SWTP634)
   

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points

160

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, applicants must have:

  1. Completed a Bachelor degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor Degree in a related field which includes at least one year full-time study in the social and behavioural sciences.

    These units may include psychology, sociology, anthropology, policy studies, history, law, health and disability, technology, philosophy, indigenous studies, culture and human diversity, media study, gender studies, social theory and population studies.

    AND
  2. The undergraduate degree must have at least one unit in human behaviour AND one unit in sociology.

International students must have completed the above prerequisites AND demonstrate an overall academic IELTS of 7.0 or above (with an individual score of 7.0 or above in writing, speaking, listening and reading).

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The Master of Social Work program at ACU is fully accredited.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The Master of Social Work prepares students for practice as professional social workers. This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) 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).

The Master of Social Work is a vibrant and challenging program that encourages students to build on their existing knowledge and experience as well as providing a sound understanding of social work values and practice approaches. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and on achieving the best possible outcomes for the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of our community.

Students will be taught by leading social work practitioners and academics and there is a strong focus on experiential learning throughout the course.

Course duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Canberra
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

160

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 SWTP632
Social Work policy and law
SWTP620
Social Work theory and ethics
SWTP622
Social Work with individuals
SWTP633
Social Work and Mental Health
Year 1 - Semester 2 SWTP624
Social Work with children, youth and family
SWTP625
Field practicum 1
(Pre: SWTP620, SWTP622, SWTP633 )
   
Year 2 - Semester 1 SWTP634
Cross Cultural Social Work
(Pre: SWTP620, SWTP622)
SWTP627
Social Work with Communities
(Pre: SWTP632)
SWTP626
Social Work with Groups
(Pre: SWTP620, SWTP622)
SWTP629
Social Work Research
Year 2 - Semester 2 SWTP630
Social Work Special Studies
(Pre: Complete Year 1)
SWTP631
Field Practicum 2
(Pre: SWTP625, SWTP626, SWTP627 , SWTP629 , SWTP634)
   

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2925.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $46800.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

To be eligible for admission to the course, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognised university which includes a minimum of 8 units (2 full-semesters) of study in the social sciences.

These units may include psychology, sociology, anthropology, policy studies, history, law, health and disability, technology, philosophy, indigenous studies, culture and human diversity, media study, gender studies, social theory and population studies.

The undergraduate degree must have at least one unit in human behaviour AND one unit in sociology.

International students must have completed the above prerequisites, they must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The Master of Social Work program at ACU is fully accredited.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

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