Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work


Further Information

If you would like to discuss this course or receive further information please contact:

Social Work Office
Ph: (+61 8) 6488 2990


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Open 3 October 2012
Close 3 February 2013


Semester 1: 25 February 2013


Along with your application form please be aware that you will need to provide original or certified documents, including:

  • Proof of Citizenship / Residency Status
  • All non-UWA academic transcripts
  • If you have a non-English speaking background you may need Proof of English Proficiency
  • If you have documents in different names you will need Proof of Name Change
You may also like to attach:
  • Any relevant CV, work experience, or related clearances.


Please note that as of 2012 Social Work and Social Policy have moved to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, to become part of the School of Population Health.


This enables practising social workers to build on their knowledge of advanced social work theory and practice, and research methods.

The course is open to social work graduates with a minimum of two years' experience as a professional social worker.

Areas available for study include family-based practice, community and statutory practice, gender and cultural issues, issues of disability, as well as management.

The graduate diploma is intended for people who already hold a degree but who wish to undertake further study so that they can obtain advanced qualifications in a specific area of expertise, or possibly also proceed to a master's degree.

It will also facilitate the development of a variety of generic skills which will complement specialised or professional degrees.

Course outline

The course involves full-time study for one year, or equivalent part-time (up to a maximum four years). International students may only study on a full-time basis.

The program involves two compulsory units and a choice of a range of other advanced-level social work units, to a total value of 48 points.

Compulsory units (6 points each)

Elective units (6 points each)

OR any other semester unit to the value of six points from another postgraduate program at this University approved by the Dean, as recommended by the Head of the School of Social and Cultural Studies.

Key information

  • 48 credit points
  • 1 year full time, up to 4 years part time
  • Course code: 10370

Admission requirements

Useful links

Course enquiries

Rosa Catalano
Telephone: (+61 8) 6488 2990
Email: rosa.catalano@uwa.edu.au