The Master of Advanced Social Work provides social workers with higher skills relevant to social work practice and social policy and addresses the complex and growing challenges faced by this sector. If you want to have a more profound impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society, develop leadership skills and connections in the community and health and services sector and undertake a course suited to your area of interest or expertise, then this course is for you. At Australia's #1 University, your online learning experience will be enriched by regular feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students. If you’re not a qualified social worker, but you have an undergraduate degree in a field related to health and human services, you can study one of our Health and Human Services courses. Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa. Who the course is for This course is for qualified social workers at varying stages of their careers, including recent graduates, established practitioners and those seeking to advance their careers or move into a new field of professional practice. This course is designed to prepare social workers for leadership and specialist roles in the health, mental health, and human services sector. By undertaking this course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of knowledge, policy, and research as it relates your practice while learning from leading academics who conduct evidence-based research in the fields of health, mental health, child and family welfare, aging, social policy, policy evaluation, and leadership. Career outcomes According to projections, the health and community services sector will grow more rapidly than any other in the next five years** and this is a trend reflected internationally. With demand set to increase for highly skilled professionals in the health, community services, and social work sectors, the Advanced Social Work course puts graduates at the forefront of industry trends. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to lead effectively in this sector, with the capabilities and skills to build important connections between people and organizations. **Australian Government, Department of Employment, 2016 Industry Employment Projections Report.
What you will learn You will develop advanced theoretical and practical skills that you can apply to your practice. This could include foundational knowledge of understanding domestic and family violence (DVF), theoretical frameworks and evidence involved in suicide prevention, and the practice of assessment and intervention of human service workers in these settings. You will also explore a range of approaches used for researching health and human services practice, encompassing both policy and organizational practice, as well as practice with individuals, groups, and communities. And you will become adequately prepared for leadership roles in the field of social work. Find Out More Course structure To gain the Master of Advanced Social Work you must complete 100 points comprising of:
- One capstone subject,
- One core subject, and
- Five elective subjects.
Find Out More Entry requirements To apply for the Master of Advanced Social Work, you are required to have:
- An entry to practice social work qualification, which provides eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (or equivalent)
- At least two years of documented relevant work experience; and
- A 500-word personal statement outlining your motivations for undertaking the course.
You must also nominate a professional referee from whom a report may be sought.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
FUNDING YOUR STUDY
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website. Students Outside Australia
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organizations, and charities may provide scholarships.
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Last updated November 21, 2017