Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (1792)

  • Approved Abbreviation: MSocWrk(Qual)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1792
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 088712G

This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (MSW(Q)) is aimed at graduates of Social Sciences and other Human Services programs who wish to achieve a professional qualification in social work. It combines the academic rigour, including research training required for a Masters level qualification, with 1000 hours of field education. The combination of blended and work-based learning is a distinguishing feature of this degree.

Study Mode

Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Justine O'Sullivan

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above


This program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

The existing Bachelor of Social Work Inherent Requirements will be used for the MSW (Q). Published at:

Inherent Requirements

Work Integrated Learning

Two placements: first placement 400 hours; and second placement 600 hours. Students are directly supervised by qualified staff in the human services sector, and are supported by the Social Work academic team.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the areas of Health, Education or Society and Culture, with a minimum of eight (8) subjects completed in Social Sciences or Psychology


Applicants must have completed the Western Sydney University Postgraduate Bridging Program (Social Work) program.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Students must have completed a Working With Children Check and a Criminal Record Check for students undertaking field education subjects.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points which include the subjects listed below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
WELF 7023 Social Work Practice Methods 1 10
WELF 7024 Social Work Practice Methods 2 10
WELF 7031 Theories and Knowledges for Social Work 10
WELF 7029 Indigenous Australia: History, Knowledge and Professional Practice 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
WELF 7021 Social Work (Qualifying) Field Education 1 20
 Credit Points20
Spring session
WELF 7018 Leadership in Organisations 10
WELF 7030 Research for Social Work Practice 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Autumn session
WELF 7003 Contextualised Practice 10
WELF 7007 Critical Social Work Practice 10
WELF 7019 Power and Marginalisation 10
HUMN 7044 Theories of Difference and Diversity 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
WELF 7022 Social Work (Qualifying) Field Education 2 30
WELF 7017 Integrated Project 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160