Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work is undertaken on-campus, over four years of full time study or part-time equivalent. It is a professional social work qualification accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers and allows students to develop in ethical, competent and innovative ways. It prepares students for a wide range of jobs in the government, non-government, not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.  Please note that police and other safety checks are required by all students before they can begin their field placements.

Study Plans - Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work - Study Plan S1 2018 (PDF 80KB)

Bachelor of Social Work - Study Plan S2 2018 (PDF 81KB)



Master of Social Work

The Flinders Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), and is offered to applicants who already have a Bachelor’s degree. This course is offered both on-campus and on-line. All students in the MSW (GE) program are required to attend four on-campus intensives of five days throughout their degree. These are offered in non-semester periods, requiring availability for study on campus outside the regular semester periods.

Applicants with an Australian social work Bachelor’s degree receive 36 units of credit. Applicants with other undergraduate degrees undertake 72 units of study. The MSW (GE) for these qualifying students builds on foundational social science knowledge that students bring from their first degree. Those applicants without this background are required to complete foundational studies in the social sciences before their first semester of study. 

The MSW (GE) requires availability to work in two placements of 500 hours duration, preferably over 4 days a week. Please note that police and other safety checks are required by all students before they can begin their field placements. Students are strongly encouraged to have a current driver’s licence and access to a car, in order to increase their placement options. This is a standard expectation of placement providing agencies.

 Study Plans - Master of Social Work Graduate Entry

Master of Social Work (GE) - 2018 Study Plan (PDF 87KB)

Approximately 30% of the MSW (GE) students at Flinders University are international students. The university has an entrance language requirement. Please note that English language requirements differ between the university and the professional association for social workers in Australia (The Australian Association of Social Work). Please refer to the English language requirements for the AASW. In order to be eligible for membership to the AASW, students must have completed an accredited program as well as meet the AASW requirements for English language proficiency, which can be accessed here:

AASW English Language Policy 2015 (PDF 179KB)


Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling

The Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling has been designed to offer social workers, clergy, health practitioners, teachers and counsellors an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge about helping those experiencing loss, grief and trauma. This certificate is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, on a fee-paying basis. The course can be completed in one semester full-time or equivalent part-time, and is offered both on-campus and by distance.


In our discipline, a research degree usually involves an individual student preparing a thesis under the supervision of one or more supervisors. For more details refer to Research Higher Degrees.

Statement of Inherent Requirements

This statement is designed to help prospective students make informed decisions about whether they will be in a position to complete the requirements of either a Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work. If you intend to enrol in a BSW or MSW look carefully at the requirements listed to determine whether you will be able to meet them.