Master of Social Work (Mental Health) (Adv Seminars & Shorter Thesis)

Course 802MI (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Year and Campus: 2013
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.




School of Social Work
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry Street
Carlton Victoria 3010 Australia
T: +61 3 8344 9400 F: +61 3 9347 4375

Course Overview:

The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in social work. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H2B (70%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree


Students who complete the masters will:

  • undertake preparation for advanced practice;

  • acquire research skills and undertake a shorter thesis which is relevant to social work practice and/or social policy.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 20,000-22,000 words
  • Two elective subjects

Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

Students are required to regularly attend the relevant postgraduate research seminars organised by the School of Social Work.

Subject Options:

Thesis subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year

Elective subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Entry Requirements:

Academic references, documented evidence of employment history and professional membership may be required to assess the applicant's eligibility.

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • two years of documented professional social work practice and a Bachelor of Social Work degree, with a grade average equivalent to an H2A (75%) at the University of Melbourne


  • an undergraduate degree equivalent to a BSW and eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers


an undergraduate degree in an approved discipline with an average of at least H2A (75%) at the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Social Studies


  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with a grade average equivalent to an H2A (75%) at the University of Melbourne.

Applicants must include a thesis proposal of 600 words with their application.The primary basis for selection is academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal, research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to assess the applicants eligibility.

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
Links to further information:

This course is available to currently enrolled students and will be phased out from 2008. For information on the School's new research training opportunities, please visit

The disciplines of Nursing and Social Work are now co-managed within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. At the time of publication Social Work courses/subjects are under the administrative management of the School of Nursing.

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