Master of Social Work

Course 802-AA (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009.

Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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School of Nursing and Social Work
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3053 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

Course Overview:

The Master of Advanced Social Work (MASW) encourages an advanced practice-oriented and theoretical approach to learning as a means of ensuring close links between social work theory and practice and to support self-directed and life-long learning.

As a graduate you will bring a broad range of skills and maturity to the program having already completed a first degree, and worked for a minimum of two years in the field. You are therefore well-placed for preparation as a leader within the social work profession. You are encouraged to achieve cultural sensitivity and the capacity to engage across cultures and internationally. The program ensures academic excellence by utilising the skills of specialists working within the specialist fields.

The course leads to a Master of Advanced Social Work (MASW).


As a graduates of the Master of Advanced Social Work you will achieve the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving;
  • A positive attitude to the acquisition of knowledge;
  • Intercultural sensitivity;
  • Communication skills;
  • Planning and time management;
  • Teamwork skills;
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The MASW is comprised of 100 credit points of coursework subjects. You will complete a mandated Advanced Professional Practice subject (37.5 points) and a range of specialist and elective theory coursework subjects contributing to either a generic or specialisation award.

Course structures for the generic and specialty areas can be found at the School of Social Work website:

You must enrol in the mandated and specialist elective subjects for your chosen specialisation and discuss all other electives with your Course Coordinator. Electives can be considered during your course planning exercise undertaken with your Course Coordinator at the commencement of your enrolment. You can enrol in elective subjects offered outside of the School of Social work, subject to prior approval by your Course Coordinator.

Entry Requirements:

Please visit the School of Social Work website for Admission Requirements:

Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s courses. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to clinical/field work activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Graduate Attributes: None
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