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Study postgraduate Social Work

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Our Department: Studying Social Work as a postgraduate in the Department of Sociology, Gender, & Social Work at the University of Otago is an exciting adventure. We are a vibrant interdisciplinary community in a university with a strong academic and research culture. Our postgraduate students are valued members of our department.

Find out more about life as a postgraduate student in our department:

Questions? We would be happy to help! Contact Dr Marcelle Dawson, the Postgraduate Co-ordinator for the department. 

Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare - PGDipSW

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) requires at least twelve months of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The diploma is intended for people in practice who wish to develop their professional knowledge and skills through a specialised programme of study, consistent with good principles of applied professional training. It prepares graduates for senior level and specialist practice in social services, research and policy analysis.

The PGDipSCWk is also available by distance learning.

Master of Social Work - MSW (post professional education)

The MSW is taught through distance learning. The Master of Social Work (MSW) offers advanced professional education. This programme is designed for people in practice who wish to develop their professional knowledge and skills through a postgraduate specialised course of study.  Inquiries to Professor Amanda Barusch.

Master of Social and Community Work (Applied) -  MSCW(Applied)

Master of Arts - MA, and PhD Programme