Social Work

Applications close 30th January 2015

2015 Limited Entry Application Packs for both the BSW and the MSW (Applied) are available from:

Denise Forbes - Room: 310, Geography - Psychology, Phone: +64 3 364 2976

Before you enrol, it is very important that you consult a College of Arts Academic Advisor. You can easily make an appointment at:

The Department’s Social Work programmes combine academic courses with intensive skills development and internship experience in the field. Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are offered.

The programmes also draw on interdisciplinary studies, including Psychology, Sociology, and Law, to provide future social work practitioners with the skills, knowledge, and personal influence to effect change. Such interventions may be with individuals, families, groups, organisations, or communities, and incorporate a range of social change strategies.

The Human Services and Social Work Department welcomes applicants to its professional programmes. We hope you will find the information provided self-explanatory. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns at any stage of the process as you consider your study options.

Our Professional Social Work Qualification Pathways provides a useful overview of the programmes, eligibility criteria, application and assessment processes, and outcomes.

Limited entry criteria apply to some social work courses. See our How to Apply pages for further details.

Degree qualifications from the Social Work programmes offered by the Department are recognised by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB web site). Social Work graduates from the Department have a qualification that is of an international standard and are eligible to apply for registration as a social worker in New Zealand.

See our Careers page for more information about the range of career options available to graduates with a degree in Social Work and profiles of graduates in a number of practice settings. 

News and Announcements

Social Work and Human Services

MSW (Applied) part-time - Students interested in doing the MSW (Applied) part-time, beginning mid-year, can apply now.   The closing date for applications is the 6th of June.  Please contact for an application pack.

Master of Social Work (Applied) (MSW(App)) - Master of Social Work (Applied) (MSW(App)) OPEN for new enrolments in 2015.

Galpin International Exchange Fellowship award - Annabel Taylor (Social Work and Human Services), along with Professor Lori Sudderth (Sociology and Criminal Justice) from Qunnipiac University in Connecticut, USA, has been successful in receiving the Galpin International Exchange Fellowship award, aimed at international exchanges for academics. Lori will be focussing on domestic violence safety plans for women in the US and NZ while Annabel is looking at therapeutic justice in care and protection and domestic violence.

President of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work (ANZASW) - Dr Jane Maidment from Human Services and Social Work has been appointed as President of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work (ANZASW). This is the professional association for social workers in New Zealand, responsible for providing and monitoring ongoing professional development, national advocacy on matters of social policy, development and maintenance of ethical standards, underpinned by a commitment to bicultural practice.

First male recipient receives Fiona Leeves Memorial PrizeFirst male recipient receives Fiona Leeves Memorial Prize


First male recipient receives Fiona Leeves Memorial Prize
in Social Work in build up to Social Workers day.