The University of Melbourne

Master of Advanced Social Work (By Research)

The University of Melbourne

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

The Master of Advanced Social Work (Research) allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in social work. It encourages an advanced practice-oriented and theoretical approach, and supports self-directed, lifelong learning.


The degree is taken over 18 months full-time and all candidates complete the research processes subject and one elective. Assessment is on the basis of a thesis (30,000 words) which is examined externally. Candidates are required to regularly attend the relevant postgraduate research seminars organised by the School of Health Sciences. For research areas, see


  • Social work

Standard entry requirements

  • Hold a qualifying Australian Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent within the last 10 years with a grade point average of at least 75%
  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Two years' documented professional social work practice
  • Endorsement of a prospective supervisor, referee reports and a research proposal. See:

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
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Further information

A Master of Advanced Social Work (Research) candidate must receive an average grade of at least H3 (65%) or better to be eligible for the award of the degree.

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