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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW)

University of Otago Department of Sociology, Gender, and Social Work

Full time & Part time See Course Other Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 1+ years

About the course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) requires at least twelve months of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The diploma is intended for people in practice who wish to develop their professional knowledge and skills through a specialized programme of study, consistent with good principles of applied professional training. It prepares graduates for senior level and specialist practice in social services, research and policy analysis.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare (PGDipSW) is also available through Distance Learning.


Social workers seek to promote well-being and develop potential by working with individuals, families and groups to create positive change in people's lives. The challenge of social work lies in its complexity and

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Entry Requirements

Every applicant shall possess an approved professional social services qualification, and have at least two years' proven competence working in the social welfare field, and present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

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