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Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Social Work will enable you to reflect on and formulate your practice, read about and appraise alternative practices and theories, and assess their work problems and clients' needs in new ways.

You will learn how to evaluate existing practice and provision critically, with a view to promoting change and improvement in services offered and outcomes affected in the lives and situations of clients. It offers opportunities for the analysis and investigation of theories and initiatives in social policy and their impacts.

Subject to meeting progression requirements in the graduate diploma, you may apply to transfer to the Master of Social Work.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Social Work, candidates must complete 6 units of study (36 credit points), including

  • 2 units of study (12 credit points) of core units; and
  • 4 units (24 credit points) of elective units.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Social Work requires:

  • the Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers; and
  • evidence of at least one year's full-time employment in Social Work.

You can progress from the Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Career Pathways

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to further their careers in evaluating existing practice 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.

Domestic students

International students

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