Master of Social Work
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
This master degree will help to further extend practical skills, as well as provide you with an advanced understanding of:
A key focus is on the development and application of research processes and methodologies, and you will graduate with the cognitive skills needed to review and analyse information. You will also gain valuable practical experience as part of the field education placement component.
All students studying this degree will be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed.
You must also hold a current Child Safe Environments Certificate. Some placements may also require a current driver's licence and a recognised First Aid Certificate.
On completion you will have an advanced knowledge and understanding of current social issues, social work values and ethics.
Building on knowledge and skills already attained through previous study, you will explore topics such as:
A portion of this degree will include practicum, with the remaining courses in social policy and social work theory. There is a major focus on leadership, innovation and research driven practice.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
There may also be essays, assignments and examinations.
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Effective Human Service Delivery||WELF 5099||4.5|
|Contemporary Practice Theories for Social Work||WELF 5098||4.5|
|Social Work Practice Skills||WELF 5104||4.5|
|Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing||SOCU 5011||4.5|
|Social Work in the Australian Context||WELF 5109||4.5||Note(s): 2|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Social Work Practicum 1||WELF 5105||13.5||Note(s): 3||Rule(s): 1,2,3|
|Ethical Decision Making||WELF 5096||4.5|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Innovation and Research||WELF 5101||4.5|
|Innovative Social Work Practice with Children and Families||WELF 5102||4.5|
|Mental Health and Social Work Practice||WELF 5108||4.5|
|Human Rights Based Practice and Community Development||WELF 5100||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Leadership in Social Work||WELF 5103||4.5|
|Social Work Practicum 2||WELF 5106||13.5||Rule(s): 2|
Learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers, gain hands-on experience in our on-campus Social Work Studios, and build workplace networks when you complete field education placements. You will also graduate with advanced research skills.
In the custom-built Social Work Studios you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations. Using state-of-the-art recording equipment and cameras, you can review your work and learn from your experiences. Work placements will also provide valuable real-world experience during which you will experience first-hand what it’s like to work in local, rural and international settings.
If you would like to continue to work while you study the timetable for this master degree makes that possible, with flexible study options that accommodate other life commitments. As Australia’s university of enterprise:
Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.
1 QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
2 2017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
As part of your studies you will complete 1,000 hours of work placement over two years. This real-world experience is a critical focus of your studies and provides valuable practical experience and the opportunity to build important industry relationships.
Social work requires a strong commitment to and passion for social justice and human rights. If you think you’ve got what it takes the employment opportunities in Australia are excellent and the demand for graduates is high1, with graduating students quickly finding work in a range of fields.
Careers to consider:
1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
Graduates of the Master of Social Work are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
As a social work student you will have access to state-of-the art social work studios, which are equipped with recording equipment and cameras so that you can practice your skills with the help of field practitioners and academic staff.
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.