Master of Social Work (Applied)
The Master of Social Work (Applied) offers the opportunity for students with an approved social science degree to complete a recognised professional qualification over two years.
The programme is able to be completed on a part-time basis, which offers some flexibility to those with family or employment commitments.
UC also offers the Master of Social Work involving thesis work.
Students must have completed any bachelor’s degree with a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level courses, and have completed either courses in social research and human development, or have relevant practice experience or another qualifying programme.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
A special application is required – see 'How to apply' below.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Social Work (Applied) or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
The programme has a limited number of places available and there is only one intake a year for applicants who wish to complete the degree over two years of full-time study. Prospective full-time students need to make a formal application to the Social Work programme. To request an application pack, please contact the programme at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students need to apply by 30 September of the year preceding entry.
Mid-year entry enables enrolment into the MSW(Applied) for students who wish to undertake the MSW(Applied) programme on a part-time basis (to be completed within a maximum of six years). Completed applications for the limited number of available part-time places must be received no later than mid-June for a mid-July start. Please email email@example.com for an application pack.
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The full-time programme consists of two parts, and will normally be completed in 2 consecutive years. A part-time programme consists of three parts, and must be completed within 6 years.
The MSW(App) requires 10 compulsory courses. The courses are a combination of distance and on-campus block courses which students are required to attend. There is also a research project and two fieldwork practicums.
Students complete these taught courses as Part I:
- SOWK 611 Human Behaviour and Mental Health
- SOWK 612 Mana Motuhake, a Bicultural Analysis
- SOWK 614 Social Work Theory, Research and Practice
- SOWK 615 Social Work Principles and Skills
- SOWK 616 Law, Society and International Social Work Practice
- SOWK 617 Qualitative Research and Programme Evaluation Strategies
Part II involves practical fieldwork and research:
- SOWK 670 Research Project
- SOWK 671 Fieldwork Practicum 1
- SOWK 672 Fieldwork Practicum II
- SOWK 673 Practice Research Integration
Students complete Part I before proceeding to Part II. The fieldwork courses in Part II are taken simultaneously.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Social Work (Applied).
For study planning help contact the Social Work programme or the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800