Master of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
The Master of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation) prepares beginning social work practitioners for employment in local, State, national and international human services agencies. The course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and is regarded as a qualifying master's degree course.
Note: The dissertation stream will not be available for new students commencing in 2020.
- Course title
- Master of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2019
- Administered by
- Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year only
- Attendance type
- full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Professional accreditation
- Master of Social Work (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
- Standard course duration
- 2 years
- Time limit
- 5 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Mark Sachmann
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Take all units (72 points):
|NS||SWSP5301||Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values|
|NS||SWSP5306||Indigenous People and Social Work|
|NS||SWSP5309||Field Education 1: First Placement (12 points)|
|S2||SWSP5404||Social Work in Health and Human Services Contexts Part 1|
|S2||SWSP5405||Social Work in Health and Human Services Contexts Part 2|
|NS||SWSP5429||Field Education 2: Final Placement (12 points)|
|NS||SWSP5630||Introduction to Psychosocial Theory|
|NS||SWSP5631||Introduction to Social Work Methods (12 points)|
|NS||SWSP5633||Counselling and Ethics|
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from Group A or take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from Group B:
|S2||SWSP5406||Policy and Community|
|NS||SWSP5632||Organisational Practice and Law|
|S2||SWSP5634||Social Work and Mental Health Practice|
Re-enrolling students who commenced prior to 2020 can contact their Student Advising Office for enrolment advice.
|S1, S2||SWSP4536||Dissertation (12 points)|
|S2||SWSP5406||Policy and Community|
|NS||SWSP5635||Organisational Practice, Law and Research|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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).
English Language competency requirements
3.(1) 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, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
Admission ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
[(b) is an approved addition to University Policy]
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.
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
(a) have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in SWSP5635 Organisational Practice, Law and Research;
(2) Where a student is permitted to credit a unit or units from a completed degree course, the credit dates from the year of first enrolment in the course for the degree of Master of Social Work (by coursework or by coursework and dissertation).
Enrolment in practicum units
15. Unless the Faculty, in recognition of exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Allied Health, approves otherwise, students must undertake both practicums on a full-time basis.
Withdrawal from practicum units
16. A student who withdraws from a practicum unit after confirmation of placement with the host organisation is declared to have failed the unit unless the Faculty, having considered the advice of the Head of the School of Allied Health, is satisfied that there were exceptional circumstances to justify withdrawal.
[Approved addition to University Policy]
Failure of practicum units