Postgraduate Certificate in Social Work

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Advance your expertise as a social worker

The Postgraduate Certificate in Social Work provides early career social workers with specialist knowledge and skills in professional areas of social work practice.

What is it like?

Most students undertaking postgraduate study in social work are in full-time practice and study part-time.

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. The Certificate is taught on line and some courses have contact workshops.

Develop your practice

You will:

  • extend your knowledge in your chosen area of social work practice

  • develop skills that allow the pursuit of scholarly interest in your chosen fields of social work practice

  • master theoretical issues and research methods

  • critically read and analyse bodies of knowledge

  • apply knowledge to your own contexts

  • develop cultural competence in working with Maori and other diverse cultural groups.

Learn from the best in your field

You’ll learn from highly experienced academics and professional social workers.

You’ll be supported all the way

There is always plenty of help at hand. Along with contact with your lecturers, Learning Consultants in the Centre for Teaching and Learning are available to support your study and academic writing skills. Each library has a subject librarian who supports you on campus or at a distance.

A good fit if you:

  • Are a newly qualified or provisionally registered social worker
  • Successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Completed your Bachelor’s degree through a non-university provider and would like to undertake postgraduate study in a University setting
  • Are new to social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand


You’ll already be employed as a social worker. The Postgraduate Certificate in Social Work will aid your professional development as a specialist in professional areas of social work practice. 

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