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What will I learn?

The main objective of the undergraduate General and Honours degree programme offered by the Department of Social Work is to equip its graduates for entry into the social work profession at the direct-service level. The Department's emphasis is on the development of generic clinical expertise.

The Masters and PhD degrees offer graduate students, depending on the course they are enrolled in, a range of modules for advanced direct and indirect social work practice that includes clinical social work intervention with specific client groups, policy analysis and social planning, agency management and programme development, social work research and programme evaluation. In addition, the Graduate Diploma in Social Work, also enables non-social work degree graduates to pursue professional social work education.

The course provides understanding of the use of theoretical frameworks as the basis for social intervention, through exposing students to a wide range of social science theory; a structure for students to learn through classroom work, interpersonal skills training and 48 supervised field practice; opportunities for students to be analytical in dealing with social issues; an environment suitable for the development of beginning expertise in working with people, in organizational planning, in human resource management and in research. The practice skills component means that social work makes rather special demands on students. However the student who is sensitive to society's problems, and is committed enough to want to do something about them will find the programme very rewarding. Those who graduate with an Honours in Social Work would have been trained in advanced social work practice and management skills to equip them for supervisory and administrative positions in human service and other organizations.

Career Prospects

In recent years, a wide range of challenging professional job opportunities has opened up for social work graduates. Organizations that employ social workers include the following:

  • Government Ministries -- Community Development, Youth and Sports; Defence; Education; Health and Home Affairs;
  • National Council of Social Service (which includes the Community Chest and the Social Service Training Institute);
  • People's Association, Community Development Councils and Constituency Secretariats; the National Youth Council;
  • National Trades Union Congress;
  • family service centres;
  • child care and development centres;
  • hospitals and health care centres;
  • prisons, drug rehabilitation centres and halfway houses; and
  • other people-helping agencies serving families, children, youth, people with disabilities and older persons. In addition, there are openings for social work graduates in areas such as social enterprises, industrial labour relations, human resource management, staff training, organizational development and consultancy, mass communication and human relations.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 months)

Tuition fees
SG$20,350.00 (11,42,617) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 August 2022, 9 January 2023


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

PhD programme requires a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or at least a Second Class Upper Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. English Language Requirements: TOEFL scores for Internet Based Test (IBT) is 90; or IELTS score of 6.0. 

For international students

In general, the University requires:

  • Normally a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • an NUS Honours degree (at least Distinction/Second Class Upper Division) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelor’s degree with an average grade above B) in a relevant discipline, subject to approval by the Faculty, on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score is required: 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or 580 for the paper-based test; or 237 for the computer-based test. IELTS result of 6.0 is required.


About National University of Singapore (NUS)

Along with the highest education standards, students at NUS benefit from an excellent overall experience with excellent research facilities.

  • Ranked 11th in the world (QS World rankings 2022)
  • Excellent graduation rate of over 97 percent
  • Leading research teams using cutting-edge facilities
  • Outstanding selection of courses across 17 faculties

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