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Monash University

Master of Social Work (Research)

Course code: 2698 ~ Course abbreviation: MSocWk (Research) ~ 4 semesters full-time, 8 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield; or approved off-site locations)

Off-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

This is a higher research degree, offered by the Department of Social Work. It provides health and welfare professionals with the opportunity to explore original ideas and research questions. Students will undertake independent research on a topic of interest and develop their critical, conceptual and analytical skills. They are required to complete to submit a major thesis for examination which will communicate the results of research carried out by the candidate under supervision. The thesis will demonstrate the candidate's ability to complete independent research of high quality. Specialist areas of research include casework, child abuse and protection, community health and services, corrections, ethnic welfare, family and children's courts, family intervention, family violence, policy development, poverty, residential care, women and social work, the welfare lobby, drug law reform, child abuse and the media, and aged care.

Course objectives

On completion of the course participants will: 1. demonstrate a thorough understanding of relevant research techniques in their field through a review of the relevant literature; 2. demonstrate their ability, under supervision, to apply relevant research techniques to their chosen field of study; 3. be able to present high-quality written work suitable for publication in appropriate scholarly journals; and 4. be able to critically evaluate both their own and others' written work in their chosen field.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students submit a thesis of approximately 30,000 to 40,000 words.

Contact details

Associate Professor Rosemary Sheehan: telephone +61 3 9903 1134; email

Dr Jennifer Scott, Manager (Research Degrees), telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Rosemary Sheehan