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Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Approved Abbreviation: MSocWrk(Qual)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1792.2

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 2020 or later.

Commencement Year 2016 to 2019 - Please refer to 1792.1 - Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

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 accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and graduates are eligible for membership of the AASW.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

The existing Bachelor of Social Work Inherent Requirements will be used for the MSW (Q). Published at:

Inherent Requirements


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 Social Sciences or Psychology


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.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students must have completed a Working With Children Check and a Criminal Record Check for students undertaking field education units.

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 link below 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
102396Social Work Practice Methods 2
102743Theories and Knowledges for Social Work
102744Indigenous Australia: History, Knowledge and Professional Practice

Spring session

102745Research for Social Work Practice
102392Leadership in Organisations
102393Power and Marginalisation
102395Critical Social Work Practice

Year 2


102391Social Work (Qualifying) Field Education 1

Autumn session

102394Contextualised Practice
102176Theories of Difference and Diversity

Spring session

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

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