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This program is not available to International applicants. It is not a full-time program.

The Master of Counselling Social Work (MCSW) is a 2-year part-time, 48 UOC program offered through the School of Social Sciences. Intake for this program currently occurs every 2nd year and the next intake of commencing students will be for term 1, 2019.

The MCSW is designed for practicing social workers, to consolidate and extend counselling knowledge and skills. The MCSW develops your knowledge and skills in counselling by building on your professional social work experience and providing a contextual and relational orientation to counselling. During the program, you will study a number of counselling approaches and apply these approaches to your own counselling social work practice. You will have the opportunity to engage in in-depth analysis of your own practice in peer and consultant-led case discussion groups. In both theory seminars and practice seminars, a participatory format is used to allow you and your fellow students to integrate ideas with your own counselling orientation and context.



Study Level


Typical duration

2 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Counselling Social Work - MCSW

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Program Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC as a standalone program.

Students are required to complete 6 courses (48 units of credit) over 2 years.

A capstone course, SOCF5112 draws together the various strands of the program and focus on the broader context of counselling in social work settings.

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Entry Requirements
Recognition of Prior Learning
Progression Requirements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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