Develop the knowledge and skills to practise responsibly and reflectively as a professional social worker.
The Master of Social Work is a coursework program designed to provide higher degree coursework and meets the standards set by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
The course is available via graduate entry or qualified social worker entry.
*Government subsidies enable Flinders to offer Domestic applicants a reduction of up to 80% off full course fees through Commonwealth Supported Places. Offer subject to change.
Master of Social Work (Graduate Entry)
Duration: 2 years
Online plus placement/intensive
2CM086 (Commonwealth supported)
2CM586 (Full fee paying)
Annual indicative fees (2023):
$8,301 (Commonwealth supported)
$25,668 (Full fee paying)
Graduates can go on to secure positions in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures, supporting individuals, families, and groups within the community.
Master of Social Work graduates are eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Students must have completed an accredited degree and also meet the AASW English language requirements.
The program teaches you to research, analyse and articulate a framework for inclusive and ethical professional social work practice. You will develop the skills to identify the cultural context of various approaches and their relevance to specific situations and populations, and to delineate the connections between interpersonal practice, social policy and research. Topics cover areas such as social work with diverse populations, complexities in work with children and families, mental health through the life course, and trauma and resilience.
You will undertake two field placements totalling 500 hours each. Placements are usually offered over four days per week.
Placements are designed to provide you with learning opportunities in a range of practice settings, with varied practice methodologies and different client groups.
Field placements enable you to develop professional values, knowledge and skills and demonstrate your judgement and expertise.
You are required to receive a National Criminal History Check and Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) screening and background checks, stating that you have successful clearances, in order to be eligible to undertake field placements. Students who do not receive DCSI clearances will not be able to complete their placement and therefore complete their degree. You are strongly advised to hold an Australian Driver’s Licence. Some placement agencies require students to receive vaccinations.
The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work meets external Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) accreditation requirements. Both programs provide graduates with the necessary qualification to be eligible for membership to the AASW, and practice as social workers.
The Statement of Inherent Requirements 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 either of these degrees look carefully at the inherent requirements to determine whether you will be able to meet them.
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