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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Social Work
MSW

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Degree of Master of Social Work requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work with Honours or equivalent; or

(c) have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work or with a B grade average across all courses, or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Social Work shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 240 credits, comprising:

(a) Part One and Part Two as prescribed in the Schedule to the qualification degree;

and including:

(b) courses selected from the Schedule to the Degree;

(c) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule to the Degree.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 2, candidates admitted under regulation 1(c) shall follow of programme of study which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) Part Two as prescribed in the Schedule to the degree;

and including:

(b) the compulsory course 179.702, unless this course has already been completed as part of the qualifying postgraduate diploma.

Specialisations

4. The Degree of Master of Social Work is awarded without specialisation.

Student Progression

5. For progression to Part Two of the degree, candidates must have achieved a minimum of a B grade average over the courses completed in Part One.

6. The Degree of Master of Social Work may be awarded with or without a class of Honours.

Completion Requirements

7. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work or the Postgraduate Certificate in Social Work should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

9. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

10. All candidates commencing study towards the Degree of Master of Social Work on or after 1 January 2017 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.

11. All candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Master of Social Work prior in 2016 or earlier may be exempted from compliance with Regulation 5.

12. In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

13. These transition arrangements expire on 31 December 2021.

Schedule for the Master of Social Work

Part One

Compulsory course

179.702 Advanced Research Methods 30 credits

Elective courses

179.736 Substance Misuse and Addictions 30 credits

179.740 Social Service Supervision: Theory and Practice 30 credits

179.741 Social Service Management 30 credits

179.742 Learning in Social Service Supervision 30 credits

179.743 Clinical Supervision 30 credits
P 179.740

179.761 Current Issues and Theories in Social Service Practice 30 credits

179.763 Clinical Practice 30 credits

179.771 Child Welfare 30 credits

179.773 Disability Studies 30 credits

179.777 Disability, Consumer Rights and Advocacy 30 credits

179.778 Mental Health and Social Work 30 credits

179.783 Māori Development and the Social Services 30 credits

279.703 Social Policy Studies 30 credits

Part Two (At least 90 credits from)

179.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

179.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 179.816

179.896 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits
P 179.702

179.897 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
P 179.702 C 179.896

179.898 Thesis 90 credits
P 179.702

179.899 Thesis 120 credits
P 179.702

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