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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Take your social work career to the next level

Enhance your social work career with Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Take your social work practice and your career to the next level. The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work meets an increasing professional demand for a post-qualifying pathway for professionally qualified and registered social workers.

Flexible professional development that fits your lifestyle

Massey is the only university in New Zealand that offers post-qualifying social work courses by distance, so you can study wherever you like, to fit in with your other commitments.

Extend your social work knowledge and expertise

On this programme, you’ll extend your knowledge of your chosen area of social work and apply this knowledge to your own contexts.

You’ll learn to read and appraise the latest social work research, and master methodological and theoretical issues and research methods. You’ll also deepen your knowledge of cultural competence as it relates to research and practice principles with Māori and other diverse cultural groups.

Become a leader in your field

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work will prepare you for leadership in specific areas of social work practice through the dissemination of information in workplaces and through clinical supervision and mentoring of students and beginning practitioners.

A good fit if you:

  • Are a professionally qualified social worker, and want to do further study
  • Are a professionally qualified social worker, and completed your Bachelor of Social Work through a non-university provider


Enhance your career progression

You’ll already be employed as a social worker. The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work strengthens your professional development as an advanced practitioner and specialist in your field of practice.

Study at postgraduate diploma level can lead to a Master of Social Work and then to a doctorate.

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