Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMSW(ForensicStudies)
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 2610; fax +61 3 9903 1141; email or visit:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Rosemary Sheehan


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


The Master of Social Work (Forensic Studies) degree provides an opportunity for social work and human service professionals who have already completed a four year undergraduate degree in the social services field to enhance and develop specific knowledge and skills in forensic studies to more effectively work in the areas of mental health, child protection, disability, corrections, drugs and alcohol.


On completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  • promote critical evaluation and knowledge of research in social work and human service practice in these fields and integrate that knowledge with past and present work experience
  • gain knowledge of specialised practice in forensic fields of study, including the acquisition of new research-based clinical and program interventions
  • acquire advanced specialised knowledge of research and skills that will allow students to develop best practice at the clinical, program and policy levels for newly emerging problem and service areas.
  • encourage students to become critical thinkers and engage in life long learning and professional development
  • provide students with a broad understanding of the cultural and other differences that exist in our community and their relationship to its individuals within the mental health, corrections, child protection, disability and drug and alcohol systems
  • further the professional development of students by providing the opportunity for engagement with colleagues and lecturers who are experts in the field.


This course comprises six units


Students complete:

(a.) the core unit:

  • FBS5001 Fundamentals of forensic behavioural science

(b.) two of the following Master of Social Work units (24 points):

  • SWM5120 Criminology and social work
  • SWM5220 Social work and aged care
  • SWM5160 Child abuse, child protection and the child in society
  • SWM5241 Mental health practice
  • SWM5110 Advanced casework
  • SWM5250 Clincal supervision

(c.) three of the following Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science units (18 points):

  • FBS5002 The role of mental health in criminal offending
  • FBS5004 Developmental aspects of forensic behavioural science
  • FBS5005 Assessment and management of problem behaviours
  • FBS5006 Advanced risk assessment and management
  • FBS5003 Mental health and the correctional system


Master of Social Work (Forensic Studies)