Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Approved Abbreviation: MSocWrk(Qual)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1792.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 088712G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (MSW(Q)) is aimed at graduates of Social Sciences and other Human Services programs who wish to achieve a professional qualification in social work. It combines the academic rigour, including research training required for a Masters level qualification, with 1008 hours of field education. The combination of blended and work-based learning is a distinguishing feature of this degree.

Study Mode
Two years full-time or four years part-time.

This course is provisionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the areas of Health, Education or Society and Culture, with a minimum of eight (8) units completed in psychology or sociology.


Applicants must have completed the Western Sydney University Postgraduate Bridging Program (Social Work) course.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points which include the units listed below.

Recommended sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

102390Social Work Practice Methods 1
102179Theories of the Social
102175Research in the Social Sciences
102176Theories of Difference and Diversity

Spring session

102391Social Work (Qualifying) Field Education 1
102177Advanced Social Research Methods
102392Leadership in Organisations

Year 2

Autumn session

102393Power and Marginalisation
102394Contextualised Practice
102395Critical Social Work Practice
102396Social Work Practice Methods 2

Spring session

102397Social Work (Qualifying) Field Education 2
102398Integrated Project

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