Doctor of Social Work

The Doctor of Social Work is a research-based and research-driven advanced course for qualified social workers committed to their continuing professional education.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Social Work
Award abbreviation
DSW
Course code
10970
Course type
professional Doctorate by thesis and coursework
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
052111G

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
3 years
Time limit
6 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Susan Young
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SWSP9901Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 1
Co-requisites:
SWSP9907 Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 2
S1SWSP9902Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 1
Prerequisites:
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) or Master of Social Work (qualifying with dissertation) or Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work (distinction level); and the equivalent of two years of full-time qualified practice
Co-requisites:
SWSP9908 Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 2
S2SWSP9903Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 1
Prerequisites:
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) or Master of Social Work (qualifying with dissertation) or Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work (distinction level); and the equivalent of two years of full-time qualified practice
Co-requisites:
SWSP9909 Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 2
S2SWSP9904Research Paradigms in Social Work Studies Part 1
Co-requisites:
SWSP9910 Research Paradigms in Social Work Studies Part 2
S2SWSP9907Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 2
Co-requisites:
SWSP9901 Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 1
S1SWSP9908Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 2
Prerequisites:
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) or Master of Social Work (qualifying with dissertation) or Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work (distinction level); and the equivalent of two years of full-time qualified practice
Co-requisites:
SWSP9902 Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 1
S2SWSP9909Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 2
Prerequisites:
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) or Master of Social Work (qualifying with dissertation) or Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work (distinction level); and the equivalent of two years of full-time qualified practice
Co-requisites:
SWSP9903 Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 1
S2SWSP9910Research Paradigms in Social Work Studies Part 2
Co-requisites:
SWSP9904 Research Paradigms in Social Work Part 1

Take unit(s) to the value of 96 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2SWSP9905Doctor of Social Work Thesis (full-time) (96 points)
Prerequisites:
SWSP9901 Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 1, and SWSP9907 Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 2 , and SWSP9907 Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 2 and SWSP9902 Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 1 and SWSP9908 Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 2 and SWSP9903 Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 1 and SWSP9909 Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 2 and SWSP9910 Research Paradigms in Social Work Studies Part 2
S1, S2SWSP9906Doctor of Social Work Thesis (part-time) (96 points)
Prerequisites:
SWSP9901 Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 1 and SWSP9907 Advanced Research Methods in Social Work Part 2; SWSP9902 Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 1 and SWSP9908 Advanced Studies in Social Work Part 2; SWSP9903 Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 1 and SWSP9909 Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Work Part 2 ; SWSP9904 Research Paradigms in Social Work Studies Part 1 and SWSP9910 Research Paradigms in Social Work Studies Part 2

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) the degree of Bachelor of Social Work of this University with first or upper second class honours, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(ii) the degree of Master of Social Work (by coursework and dissertation) of this University with Distinction or High Distinction, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(iii) the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work of this University with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(iv) the degree of Master of Advanced Social Work of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(v) the degree of Master of Arts (Social Work) of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and

(b) the equivalent of at least two years' full-time post-qualified professional practice experience.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and who have been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who have previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fail again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Progression

13. Unless the Faculty approves otherwise, a student is not permitted to proceed to the Doctor of Social Work Thesis until they have completed all coursework units.

Doctoral thesis

14.(1) A student must provide a 2500-word research proposal to the supervisor(s) at the time of enrolling for the doctoral thesis.

(2) The doctoral thesis must be up to 70,000 words in length excluding tables, footnotes, endnotes and appendices.

(3) A student who has enrolled in the doctoral thesis must provide a progress report to the supervisor(s) no later than 15 October each year.

Time limit

15. The time limit is six years from the date of first enrolment in the course.