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CSU's Doctor of Social Work supports eligible students in advanced and critical reflection on professional social work practice, to meet the needs of social work professionals aspiring to the highest levels within their discipline.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Social Work is designed for professionals who wish to extend their levels of professional practice, explore theoretical and practice issues within the profession and to acquire advanced research skills.

    In particular the program will:

    • allow candidates to extend their knowledge of social work theory and the practice underpinning their profession through dedicated study and reflection
    • enable candidates to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting the social work profession through the acquisition of skills in reflection, research and writing
    • enable candidates to present findings of research in a dissertation
    • encourage candidates to publish at least one paper in their area of expertise
    • provide candidates with professional supervision to reflect on their own practice and to demonstrate a standard of excellence in their field.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of four core subjects (64 points), restricted electives (32 points) and a dissertation (96 points) as follows:

    Core subjects

    SWK701 Social Work in Practice (16 points)
    SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16 points)
    SWK703 Social work research critique and publication (16 points)
    SWK704 Dissertation development (16 points)

    Restricted electives (32 points) chosen from:

    EED441 Constructions of Adolescence and their Educational Implications
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HCS510 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
    HLT502 Ageing, Policy and Social Construction
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    PHL502 Law Ethics and Human Rights
    SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Planning (16)
    SSC503 Rural Populations and Places

    Doctoral dissertation

    SWK707 Dissertation (96 points) part-time
    SWK706 Dissertation (96 points) full-time

    Enrolment pattern


    Session 1
    SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16 points)

    Session 2
    SWK701 Social Work Practice (16 points)

    Session 3
    Restricted Electives (16 points)

    Session 4
    Restricted Electives (16 points)

    Session 5
    SWK703 Social Work research critique and publication (16 points)

    Session 6
    SWK704 Dissertation development (16 points)

    Session 7
    SWK707 Dissertation (96 points) (commenced)

    Session 8
    SWK707 Dissertation (continued)

    Session 9
    SWK707 Dissertation (continued)

    Session 10
    SWK707 Dissertation (continued)

    Session 11
    SWK707 Dissertation (continued)

    Session 12
    SWK707 Dissertation (completed)


    Session 1
    SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16 points)
    Restricted Electives (16 points)

    Session 2
    SWK701 Social Work Practice (16 points)
    Restricted Electives (16 points)

    Session 3
    SWK703 Social Work research critique and publication (16 points)
    SWK704 Dissertation development (16 points)

    Session 4
    SWK706 Dissertation (96 points) (commenced)

    Session 5
    SWK706 Dissertation (continued)

    Session 6
    SWK706 Dissertation (completed)

  • Admission information

    Candidates for admission to the doctoral component of the program shall:

    1. have completed the Master of Social Work (coursework version) or a Master of Social Work or equivalent from another institution; and
    2. have achieved a credit average in their master level study. This means that a grade lower than a credit may be offset with a grade higher than a credit.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOASW
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJASZ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIASZ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPPGYYNGASW

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    073076J (Wagga Wagga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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