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Study this programme as a standalone qualification or as a pathway to the Master of Social Work.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work from University of Auckland is equivalent to the first year of the Master of Social Work. This qualification will enhance your professional learning and development, and prepares you for advanced professional responsibility in social work. Through taught courses, you will learn advanced approaches and interventions in social work practice.

Programme Structure

  • You will learn advanced approaches and interventions in social work practice and examine current research in social work. This programme is delivered through face-to-face block-courses at Epsom Campus supported by online study guides and resources.
  • 120 points from a range of recommended courses in Education Professional Studies, Education, Professional Counselling, Professional Supervision, Social Work Child and Family Practice, Social Work Health Practice, Social Work, and Social Work Youth Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in social work at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 3.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21364 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21364 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5074 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5074 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Domestic: NZ$7,694.40
  • International: NZ$32,392

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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