Master of Advanced Social Work

Course J16AB (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Please contact Social Work


Social Work
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375
Course Overview:

The Master of Advanced Social Work (MASW) is an exciting, open-structure degree that allows you to further advance your professional development in your areas of interest. It offers a research-informed curriculum with a strong emphasis on the integration of theory and practice.

Within a single degree stream structure, you can choose from a pool of specialist subjects and focus on specialist areas such as:

  • Child and family
  • Clinical practice
  • Health
  • Human services management
  • Mental health

The degree is specifically tailored to experienced and qualified social workers who wish to update their knowledge and take a leadership role in their particular area of practice, or for those wishing to acquire skills in a new area.

Learning and teaching

Objectives: The MASW encourages an advanced practice-oriented and theoretical approach to learning. It ensures close links between theory and practice and supports self-directed and lifelong learning.

Having already completed a first degree and worked for a minimum of two years in the field, you will bring a broad range of skills and maturity to the program. 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.


  • 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 a flexible coursework program of between one and four years’ duration, depending on whether you study full-time or part-time.
Subject Options:

8 Specialist Subjects or alternatively, you may choose to undertake five 12.5-point specialist subjects plus a 37.5-point portfolio subject:

The specialist subjects can be taken as electives in the Master of Advanced Social Work. You can also take electives external to the School of Social Work, subject to approval by the Course Coordinator. We offer a pool of specialist subjects, most of which are on a 2-year cycle. Subject offerings are always made in accordance with current issues of relevance to social work, in a variety of fields.

This year's specialist can be found on the social work website:

Entry Requirements:

Please visit the Social Work website for entry 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 think 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:

The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

Academically excellent:

  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines:

  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leaders in communities:

  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:

  • value different cultures
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
    have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
    respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Active global citizens:

  • accept social and civic responsibilities
  • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics

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