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
admin@sowk.canterbury.ac.nz

Before you enrol, it is very important that you consult a College of Arts Academic Advisor. You can easily make an appointment at: http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/advisors.shtml#contact

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

5th December 2014

On 28 November 2014, the Glenn Inquiry into Child Abuse and Domestic Violence released the People’s Blueprint, marking the conclusion of this nationally significant inquiry.  Please see the link below with the great news of the inclusion of the work of Te Awatea members and associates in the report.  https://glenninquiry.org.nz/our-work