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Social Work (Qualifying)


The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) prepares students with non-social work bachelor's degrees for employment as qualified social work practitioners. Applicants to this program are required to demonstrate substantial experience in human and community services. The program equips its graduates with the skills necessary to succeed in an environment that is complex, diverse and changing.

Human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work (International Federation of Social Work and the Australian Association of Social Work).The University of Sydney’s Master of Social Work (Qualifying) program is designed to produce graduates who are reflective, versatile and skillful in a range of practice areas and able to translate professional values into action.

Award requirements

Please refer to the course resolutions in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

To qualify for the award of Master of Social Work (Qualifying), candidates must complete 96 credit points comprising;

  • 78 credit points of core units of study including a capstone unit to be taken at the candidate’s last semester; and
  • 18 credit points of elective units of study, including a minimum of one research unit.

Course content

The course content covers key areas of social work practice, including: practice with Indigenous Australians, mental health, child protection, violence against women, ageing and social exclusion. The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) program enables graduates to meet AASW Practice Standards

Units of study are offered in a range of modes, including: block mode; evenings; and blended (on-line and face to face). Most students will be able to complete course work (not Practice Learning) requirements by attending campus one day per week, in combination with substantial time allocated off-campus for self-directed learning, class preparation, and completion of assignments.

Contacts and further information

Assoc Prof Susan Heward-Belle
Phone: 02 9351 6888
Location: Room 736, Education Building, A35
Website: Sydney School of Education and Social Work