Master of Advanced Social Work

Course J17RE (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Year and Campus: 2013 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 064990E
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.


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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

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Course Overview:

The Master of Advanced Social Work (Research) allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in social work. It encourages an advanced practice-oriented and theoretical approach, and supports self-directed, lifelong learning.

A Master of Advanced Social Work (Research) candidate must receive an average grade of at least H3 (65%) or better to be eligible for the award of the degree.


Students who complete the masters will:

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

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The Master of Advanced Social Work (Research) is comprised of 150 credit points. Students complete a thesis of 30,000 words, the Research Processes subject, and one elective.

Credit points: Total 150 points.

Duration: 1.5 years full-time / 3 years part-time

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

Electives: Not all of these subjects will be available every year. Some may be on a two year cycle. Students may vary their course plans by negotiation with the Course Coordinator if they wish to undertake a specific specialist or elective subject.


To view the course structure please visit Social Work website.

Entry Requirements:

The Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with:

a) a qualifying Australian Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent within the last ten years with a grade point average of 75% or above


b) eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers


c) two years of documented professional social work practice.

Applicants must meet the University's English language 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.

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