Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice.
The MSW programme is intended for practitioners who wish to undertake advanced study of a specific aspect of social and community work. The MSW is flexible and offers you opportunities for both full and part-time study.
The MSW is a thesis-based programme that encourages social workers to pursue research in a particular field of practice, population, or area of interest. It equips social workers to develop and use research skills in their practice settings and keep current with the very latest theories and practice.
Practice-based social work research can include needs assessments, programme development, implementation assessment and programme evaluation. It also includes theory development in a New Zealand context.
Professionally trained people working in the social services make a vital contribution to present day New Zealand society, and their skills are in increasing demand.
The Master of Social Work will enable you to practice at senior levels in New Zealand and many other countries in a wide range of social service fields. These include government services, such as Child, Youth and Family and Community Probation, Hospitals, and Iwi, hapu, and Pacific Island organisations.
Graduates with the MSW can expect to take up leadership roles in all these settings, and they may achieve senior positions in a variety of career paths. These can include any of the roles in the list below.
Develop your passion for helping others into a rewarding career
If you are motivated to make a positive difference in people’s lives, a social work career may be for you.
If you want to be a social worker, then this is the programme for you.
The Master of Applied Social Work (MApplSW) will prepare you for practice and registration as a social worker in New Zealand and most other countries.
The course conforms to national and international guidelines by including two different supervised field experiences. This 240-credit master's programme is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than social work but wish to change careers.
With a Massey MApplSW, you will be able to make cutting-edge contributions to your discipline. You’ll benefit from our research-informed, research-leading, forward-thinking and academically credible programmes. They’ll help you contribute to knowledge-building in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
What kind of jobs can you get in social work?
A social work degree means you can work in many different areas. You could be a field operator working in the community or you could be a professional advisor in a hospital or a district health board. You might choose to be a policy expert working with government. Or you could travel overseas to the jungles of Papua New Guinea to work within a village setting. The options are endless. And endlessly meaningful. Social workers make a difference in many areas around the world including:
Take your social policy study to the next level
Prepare for a meaningful career with Massey’s MA in social policy.
If you are fascinated by how and why power, resources and opportunities are distributed within society, then Massey’s MA Social Policy (MA(SocPol)) is for you.
You will gain an understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural factors that influence the development, implementation and evaluation of social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.
You will study law, politics, and the roles of central and local government in a democratic society. This will lead to insights into the relationship between the state, political parties, the judiciary, the legal system, and the public in shaping legislation and developing policy.
Your MA (SocPol) will give you the knowledge and competencies you need in your career as a policy analyst and researcher. You will learn a range of intellectual and practical skills that will stand you in good stead in the job market.
This qualification opens up a world of opportunity to be involved in influencing a broad number of social issue outcomes (e.g healthy housing, youth development, Maori wellbeing, health promotion, gender analysis of policy), not only from a Government-down position, but also from an individual-, community- and society-up perspective.
You will learn to apply your critical social policy analysis skills to a number of decision-making scenarios to result in better social outcomes. This decision-making can take many forms including a policy, a project plan, submission, or even the strategic direction of an organisation.
You could work in areas such as:
The Master of Public Health (MPH) will deepen your understanding of public health and give you research experience. The MPH requires you to undertake your own research in an area of public health interest. You may decide to complete an entirely research degree (thesis), or complete a dissertation alongside further postgraduate public health papers to the value of 60 points.
The MPH is a supervised degree, enabling students to work in close association with active researchers. You will have the opportunity to research a major public health problem from the development of your research project to the interpreting and reporting of your results.
Enrolments for the thesis option may be accepted at any time, however students must first have discussed their proposed thesis or dissertation with a member of the academic staff of one of the departments.
The Master in Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) programme is a fully distance-taught that actively encourages international student enrolment.
The University of Otago is a world leader in terms of offering aviation medicine training and professional development for the aviation medicine industry and has 100+ students studying in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This is the only aviation medicine programme in the world to offer distance education. It is supported by academic staff and alumni with strong links to the aviation industry.
Graduates of the programme will meet internationally recognised ‘best practice’ standards for aviation medicine practitioners and are frequently employed by airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Qantas.
The Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) is available through Distance Learning.
The programme shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points (normally eight 30-point papers) which shall normally comprise:
At least 180 points selected from
The programme of study shall consist of papers to the value of 240 points.
At least 180 points must be from papers selected from AVME 711, AVME 712, AVME 713, AVME 714, AVME 715, AVME 716, AVME 717, AVME 718, AVME 719, AVME 720, AVME 721, AVME 722, AVME 723, AVME 724, AVME 726, AVME 780, AVME 785, AVME 801, AVME 802, AVME 803, AVME 804.
Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 120 points.
A candidate who has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine, Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, or Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine may be exempted from one or more papers in the programme for the degree to a maximum of 120 points.
The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) degree is an academic and professional dietetic training course which prepares graduates to work as dietitians in New Zealand and overseas. This full time, two-year course encompasses specialist papers in clinical nutrition, public health, food service, professional skills, research thesis preparation, a block placement and a research project.
The first year of the programme is taught in Dunedin. Early Learning in Dietetics (practical experience placements) will be completed under the supervision of dietetic tutors in hospital, community, public health and foodservice environments. The second year consists of one semester of placements and one semester of research in one of a number of centres.