This course provides you with the knowledge and skills required for employment as an accredited social work practitioner. You will learn to work with individuals, families, groups and communities to create positive change. You will gain specific practical skills for working effectively and safely in situations where resources are limited, including remote and regional locations. You will receive support and access to a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a range of contexts, at the master's degree level. Course themes include multidisciplinary and intercultural practice, social justice, research and advocacy, and working in virtual contexts.
As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
Credit transfers & pathways
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
English Language Requirements for International Students
For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.
How to Apply
International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.
This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
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:
The course is a two-year, full-time course comprising of core units in social work. Core units include an introduction to social work contexts, direct practice with individuals and groups, community development, theories of social work practice, ethical issues, social policy and research methods. Students will undertake two practicums involving contact with clients, and in social policy, advocacy and research roles.
The course includes four integrative five-day intensive blocks where you will share your knowledge and experience and develop new practice skills with fellow students.
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|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|SWK521 Empowerment in Action: Social
|CO||SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health||CO|
|SWK527 Critical Partnerships for Advanced
|CO||SWK530 Field Education A (30 credit points)||CO|
|SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy||CO||CO|
|SWK523 Social Work Theory for Advanced
|SWK524 Challenging Community: Change
|CO||SWK529 Integrated Methods in Social
|SWK528 Advancing Social Work Research||CO||SWK631 Field Education B (30 credit points)||CO|
|SWK558 Cultural Security in
Child Protection Practice
|SWK522 Co-Creating Social Justice in
Students commencing in Semester 2
This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.
Non-Commonwealth supported places
Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.
International tuition fees
The annual course tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $31,000.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, 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.