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Postgraduate study

Studying Social Work as a postgraduate with our programme 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 research community.

Life as a postgraduate student with us

Postgraduate programmes in Social and Community Work

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.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW)

Visit the Distance Learning website

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

Do you want to study towards a Social Work qualification and already have a related degree? The MSCW (Applied) might be the degree for you.

Information about the MSCW (Applied)

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.

For enquiries, contact

Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
Email nicola.atwool@otago.ac.nz

More information and the application portal for the MSW

Other postgraduate options

Are you interested in a research Masters or PhD?
More information can be found here on a research Masters
More information can be found here on a research PhD

Master of Arts in Human Services and PhD Programmes

MA in Human Services

This is a research Masters degree by thesis.

Learn more about the MA by thesis

PhD information

Social and Community work staff offer Phd supervision across a range of topic areas. Go to their staff pages to see current research interests.

Learn more about the PhD programme