Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Rosemary Sheehan


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.


This course 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • identify, design and evaluate enhancements to social work practice
  • communicate responses to issues in social work practice in a variety of practice arenas
  • communicate effectively using different formats, to practitioners, staff and industry
  • review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise a variety of materials in order to respond to social work and academic practice issues
  • identify local and global networks that support and enhance social work practice in the forensic domain
  • articulate and apply a strategic social work development and intervention plan


This course consists of six units

Areas of study


Students must complete:

(a.) FBS5001 Fundamentals of forensic behavioural science

(b.) two of the following social work units (24 points):

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

(c.) three of the following 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)