Testimonials for Master of Social Work

Name: Ms Siti Norlilah Saini
Programme: Master of Social Work
Year: From 2015 to 2017
Name: Mr Mohamed Naser Zainol
Programme: Master of Social Work
Year: From 2013 to 2016

Master of Social Work by coursework

Overview

Objectives

The objective of the Master of Social Work programme is to produce the leaders of social work profession in direct practice, social policy and research, and social administration and development. Integrative learning, interdisciplinary exposure and innovative capacity building are the key pedagogical features of our Master of Social Work programme. The MSW programme is designed to facilitate students’ systematic integration of social work professional values and practice, theory and practice, and research and practice in every class. It also offers students interdisciplinary learning opportunities to take modules from other departments within the faculty as well as public policy, public health, and health sciences in other faculties and schools to their special interest. In our Master of Social Work programme, students can expect to build their innovative capacity of being future-ready social work professionals who are equipped with strong and distinct leadership quality and cross-sector mobility in the Singaporean social service sector.


Duration

The candidature period is as follows:

Coursework Programme Normal Candidature Maximum Candidature
Part-Time Study (in years) Full-Time Study (in years) Part-Time Study (in years) Full-Time Study (in years)
Master of Social Work 2.5 2 4 3

With effect from AY2019/2020, students admitted into a government-subsidised graduate coursework programme who take longer than the normal candidature period to complete their degree requirements are required to pay full unsubsidised fees, during the extended semesters.

Leave of absence of up to one year will not be counted towards a candidate's maximum candidature. Subsequent period of leave will be considered as part of the candidature.


Course Structure (for students admitted before AY2019/20)

There are three options for the Master of Social Work:
1. Master with Specialisation (Family/Community or Health);
2. General Master without Specialisation; and
3. Self designed Master without Specialisation.

A candidate for the degree of Master of Social Work must offer not fewer than ten modules. The ten modules include:

For Master with Specialisation (Family/Community or Health)

  • 4 essential modules; and
  • 5 elective * modules (including 1 specialization related supervised project or practicum if on the specialization track); and,
  • 1 general elective module (including any relevant graduate module across Faculties/Schools such as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Business School, and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, NUS)

For General Master without Specialisation

  • 4 essential modules; and
  • 5 elective * modules from either of the specialization tracks and 1 general elective (including any relevant graduate module across Faculties/Schools)

For Self designed Master without Specialisation

  • 4 essential modules; and
  • 6 electives * in a self-designed curriculum including relevant cross faculty graduate modules as approved by the department.

Candidates on a specialization track are required to complete a Supervised Project (SW5112) or Fieldwork Practicum (SW5111 or SW5111A or SW5111B). The Supervised Project will be an independent and original piece or work which involves innovative and original initiatives such as developing a new social service programme/policy or conducting an original piece of field research. SW5111 and SW5111B requires 400 fieldwork hours and field supervision under an approved supervisor; SW5111A requires 800 fieldwork hours and field supervision under an approved supervisor. Field integration seminars are scheduled in conjunction with SW5111A.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

In addition, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, on the advice of the Head of the Department of Social Work, may require a candidate to undertake such other work as may be deemed relevant to his/her candidature for the degree of the Master of Social Work.


Four Essential Modules:

  • SW5103 Family Systems Theory and Intervention;
  • SW5104 Management of Human Service Organizations;
  • SW5106 Social Policy and Welfare Services;
  • SW5107 Program Development and Evaluation; and,

Five Elective * modules from the following:

Family/Community Specialization: Any five specialization modules Health Specialization: Any five specialization modules
  • SW5205 Working with Trauma – Infancy Through Adolescence
  • SW5207 Working with Multi-Stressed Families;
  • SW5208 Using Play Therapy with Children and Families;
  • SW5215 Poverty and Asset-Building Policy;
  • SW5216 Family and Interpersonal Violence;
  • SW5245 Current Group Approaches in Social Work;
  • SW5252 Community Organization and Development;
  • SW5253 Volunteer Management;
  • Supervised Project OR Practicum (compulsory module).
  • SW5205 Working with Trauma – Infancy Through Adolescence
  • SW5210 Trauma and Mental Health;
  • SW5211 Risk Assessment & Management: Mental Health;
  • SW5213 Practice with Persons with Disability;
  • SW5217 Continuum of Care and Healthy Ageing;
  • SW5218 Practice with Persons with Addiction;
  • SW5219 Palliative and End-of-Life Care;
  • Supervised Project OR Practicum (compulsory module).

One General Elective:

The general elective may be from the Health specialization OR the Family/Community specialization OR the following:

  • SW5247 Social Prevention and Public Education;
  • SW5880 Special Topics in Social Work (the module will highlight a contemporary issue in social work practice e.g. pathological gambling, social enterprise or end stage renal failure);
  • Cross faculty modules such as from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Business School, or the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

Note:

  1. Not all elective modules are necessarily available in any one year.
  2. Unless otherwise indicated, each module shall be of one semester's duration.
  3. The course structure and the modules offered may be modified from time to time.

Four Essential Modules:

  • SW5103 Family Systems Theory and Intervention;
  • SW5104 Management of Human Service Organizations;
  • SW5106 Social Policy and Welfare Services;
  • SW5107 Program Development and Evaluation; and,

Five elective (level 5000 or level 6000) modules from either of the specialization tracks offered by the Department of Social Work and 1 elective for General Master) OR six electives in a self-designed curriculum including cross-faculty graduate modules as approved by the Department for Self-Designed Master.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

Note:

  1. Not all elective modules are necessarily available in any one year.
  2. Unless otherwise indicated, each module shall be of one semester's duration.
  3. The course structure and the modules offered may be modified from time to time.

Course Structure (for students admitted from AY2019/20)

A candidate for the degree of Master of Social Work must complete at least 40 MCs. SW5112 is a capstone module and comprise 8 MCs. Students without BSW are required to complete a practicum. Students without BSW or GDSW are required to complete foundation modules.

Students with BSW:

  • SW5112; and
  • 8 elective modules with at least a module from each of the 4 baskets of modules.

Students with Graduate Diploma in Social Work (GDSW):

  • SW5112;
  • SW5111B; and
  • 7 elective modules with at least a module from each of the 4 baskets of modules.

SW5111B requires 400 fieldwork hours and field supervision under an approved supervisor.

Students without BSW or GDSW:

  • SW5113, SW5114, SW5115 and SW5116;
  • SW5112;
  • SW5111A; and
  • 7 elective modules with at least a module from each of the 4 baskets of modules.

SW5113, SW5114, SW5115 and SW5116 are cross-listed with GDSW essential modules.

SW5111A requires 800 fieldwork hours and field supervision under an approved supervisor. Students are required to attend field integration seminars.

Sample study plan for part-time students:

Semester Sample Study Plan
1st semester SW5114, SW5116 + 1 MSW elective module
2nd semester SW5113, SW5115 + MSW practicum (SW5111A – first 400 hours and attend seminars)
3rd semester 2 MSW elective modules + continue with practicum (second 400 hours)
4th semester 2 MSW elective modules + start SW5112
5th semester 2 MSW modules + continue with SW5112

Sample study plan for full-time students:

Semester Sample Study Plan
1st semester SW5114, SW5116 + 2 MSW elective modules (including SW5107)
2nd semester SW5113, SW5115 + MSW practicum (SW5111A – first 400 hours and attend seminars) + 1 MSW elective module
3rd semester 2 MSW elective modules + continue with practicum (second 400 hours) + start SW5112
4th semester 2 MSW elective modules + continue with SW5112

4-Basket Structure:

i. Direct Practice

  • SW5207 Working with Multi-Stressed Families
  • SW5208 Using Play Therapy with Children and Families
  • SW5210 Trauma and Mental Health
  • SW5211 Risk Assessment & Management: Mental Health
  • SW5216 Family and Interpersonal Violence
  • SW5217 Continuum of Care and Healthy Ageing
  • SW5218 Practice with Persons with Addiction
  • SW5219 Palliative and End-of-Life Care

ii. Policy & Legislation

  • SW5106 Social Policy and Welfare Services
  • SW5215 Poverty and Asset-Building Policy

iii. Research & Evaluation

  • SW5107 Program Development and Evaluation

iv. Leadership

  • SW5104 Management of Human Service Organizations
  • SW5209 Theory and Practice of Social Work Supervision

Note:

  1. Not all elective modules are necessarily available in any one year.
  2. Unless otherwise indicated, each module shall be of one semester's duration.
  3. The course structure and the modules offered may be modified from time to time.

Continuation Requirements

  • Cumulative Average Point (CAP) should not fall below 2.50 for two consecutive semesters or 3.00 for three consecutive semesters. Termination of candidature will result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP as stipulated above. A student will be issued a warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below that required for graduation (3.00 for a Masters degree). If, in the following semester, the student's CAP again falls below the graduation requirement, but not sufficiently to warrant immediate termination, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • With effect from AY2015/2016, where a module is required for the graduate candidature and the minimum grade is not met, a student may repeat:

(a) The same module (core or elective) only once. The improved grade point of the repeat/replaced module will replace the weaker one in the CAP (Cumulative Average Point) computation in the semester in which the successful attempt is made; and

(b) One-third of the curricular requirements not exceeding three modules, whichever is lower.



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