As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
Credit transfers and advanced standing
Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education
For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education
For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU
Non-Commonwealth supported places
Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.
International tuition fees
The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $31,000.00. This equates to $3,875.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.
You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.
CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.
Why study at CDU?
Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.
- #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
- Top 100 university globally for quality education
- Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries
What will I study?
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
|Unit type||Credit Points||Specific requirements|
|160cp||Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:|
SWK521 Analysing Social Work Foundations (compulsory intensive)
|160cp||Total Credit Points|
Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
Students commencing in Semester 1
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit|
Study Plan Amended 24/02/2021
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|SWK521 Analysing Social Work Foundations||CO||SWK522 Co-Creating Social Justice in Practice||CO|
|SWK527 Critical Partnerships for Advanced Practice||CO||SWK530 Field Education A (30 credit points)||CO|
|SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy||CO||CO|
|SWK523 Social Work Theory for Advanced Professional Practice||CO||CO|
|SWK524 Challenging Community: Change and Development||CO||SWK529 Integrated Methods in Social Work||CO|
|SWK528 Advancing Social Work Research||CO||SWK631 Field Education B (30 credit points)||CO|
|SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice||CO|
|SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health||CO|
Students commencing in Semester 2
This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.
Successful completion of:
- a recognised bachelor degree in any field; and
- the equivalent of one-year full-time study in behavioural or social science units, whether this be included in the completed degree or in the form of additional qualifications at diploma or above level.
If you do not meet the requirement of one-year full-time study in behavioural or social science you should apply for the Diploma of Social Care..
Due to professional recognition, applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Social Work undergraduate degree are not eligible for entry into this course.
English language requirements
To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.
The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either:
- completion of secondary education, that was taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised English speaking countries*, AND successfully completed (with a pass grade or higher) the equivalent of three years or more full-time tertiary study (at Bachelor Degree level or higher), that was taught and assessed in English, in one of the recognised English speaking countries*.
(*recognised countries include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America)
- undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.
|IELTS Academic Module||A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 7.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.|
|Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)||Test not accepted for this course.|
|Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency||Test not accepted for this course.|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module||A minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 65 across all modules reading, writing, speaking and listening.|
|TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)||A minimum overall score of 94 with a minimum score of 24 in reading and listening, a minimum score of 27 in writing and a minimum score of 23 in speaking.|
* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.
Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: email@example.com.
CDU brings social work to life. The lecturers are experts from various sectors of social work practice.
This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.
Australian qualification framework
This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:
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