Social Work

National University of Singapore

Postgraduate Diploma On Campus
12 months
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The Graduate Diploma in Social Work (GDSW) programme at the National University of Singapore is for persons holding degrees earned from reputable universities who are planning to switch their career into social work.


The Graduate Diploma in Social Work at the National University of Singapore is for persons holding degrees earned from reputable universities other than social work, currently working in social service sector and acquiring knowledge and skills of social work and would be qualified for accreditation as social worker after completion of GDSW;

Programme objectives

The objective is to train non-social work graduates to be competent social service professionals by providing professional knowledge and skills in:

  • Social work theory and practice;
  • Social service delivery systems; and
  • Specialised fields of social intervention.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Family Centred Practice
  • Social Work Research and Inquiry
  • Topics in Social Work
  • Human Service Organisations and Management
  • Studies and Research on Children & Youth
  • Working with Children & Youth

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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40 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

For admission as a candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Social Work, a person must be a graduate of this University or such graduate of another university as a Senate may approve, and must have obtained either:

  • A NUS Bachelor's degree with Minor in Human Services; or
  • Bachelor's degree with acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken no earlier than five years before the date of application (NUS/NTU/SMU graduates are not required to submit the GRE score) and at least one year of

(a) work in the social services and/or

(b) voluntary social service experience*; the one year can include components of both (a) and (b); or
  • other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

Tuition Fee


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