Master of Social Work (coursework)
Social workers are concerned with psychosocial problems; their causes, their solutions and their human impacts. Social workers work with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities, and are committed to social justice and human rights.
In their practice, social workers deal with diverse issues such as the personal experience of people in difficulty, working with them towards effecting appropriate change. They are also concerned with broader organisational and social aspects of disadvantage, which impinge on the experience of individuals, and they seek to bring about change at community and policy levels in accordance with the values of the social work profession. It is a challenging, but potentially very rewarding profession, which attracts people with a high level of social commitment who are looking for a job in which they can put that commitment into practice in a positive and significant way.
The Master of Social Work is accredited by the professional association, Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates of the course are eligible for membership of the AASW, and this is the commonly accepted standard for professional recognition throughout Australia. The degree is also well recognised internationally, and many graduates obtain employment overseas.
- Course title
- Master of Social Work (coursework)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework only
- current / 2021
- Administered by
- Allied Health
- 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) 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
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Susan Young
- 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:|
|S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Take all units (96 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||SWSP5301||Foundations of Social Work Thinking and Identity||3 hours per week x 12 weeks|
|NS||SWSP5306||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Practices for Social Work||3 hours per week x 12 weeks|
|NS||SWSP5309||Field Education 1: First Placement (18 points)||450 hours over 13 weeks full-time|
|S2||SWSP5406||Social Work Methods 4: Consolidating Theory and Practice||3 hrs per week x 12 weeks|
|NS||SWSP5407||Research Methods in Social Work||6 hours per week x 6 weeks|
|S2||SWSP5409||Applied Social Work Practices||3 hours per week x 12 weeks|
|NS||SWSP5429||Field Education 2: Final Placement (18 points)||550 hours x 16 weeks full-time|
|NS||SWSP5630||Social Work Methods 1: Introduction to Psychosocial Theory||3 hours per week x 12 weeks|
|NS||SWSP5631||Social Work Methods 2: Theory for Practice - Working with People||3 hours per week x 12 weeks|
|S2||SWSP5632||Legal and Organisational Contexts for Social Work||3 hours per week x 12 weeks|
|NS||SWSP5633||Social Work Methods 3: Evidence Based Practice-Counselling||6 hours per week x 6 weeks|
|S2||SWSP5634||Social Work and Mental Health Practice||3 hours per week|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
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.
(2) Applicants with qualifications from overseas institutions where English is not the medium of instruction as recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), must provide evidence of English language competence. and
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.
(c)(i) students who fail one or more units in semester 1 of Year 1 may enrol in SWSP5407 Research Methods in Social Work in semester 2 of Year 1;
(ii) Students who fail SWSP5429 Field Education 2 in semester 1 of Year 2 may enrol in SWSP5632 Legal & Organisational Contexts for Social Work and SWSP5634 Social Work & Mental Health Practice in semester 2 of Year 2;
[(b) is an approved addition to University Policy]
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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
Enrolment in practicum units
14. 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 even if a student elects to enrol in the course part-time.
Withdrawal from practicum units
15. 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
Faculty Infection Control Requirements
Requirement to attend
(2) If a student fails to maintain an attendance rate of at least 80% s/he shall be taken to have not satisfied the requirements of the unit, unless absences are formally approved in writing by applying for Special Consideration.