Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), formerly known as SIM University (UniSIM), is unique in Singapore. It is the country’s first and only private university focusing on the upgrading and learning needs of working professionals and adult learners. The University has a rich education legacy, having evolved out of the highly successful SIM Open University Centre that has graduated more than 5,000 students since 1991. SUSS fulfills an important mission in reaching out to the diversity of adult learners in Singapore. The School of Human Development and Social Services offers a Bachelor in Social Work.


This degree programme emanates from the key foundational components of Social Work theory and practice. The focus is on the mastery and integration of an eclectic knowledge base and a broad spectrum of skills. A wide range of theoretical knowledge and practice skills underlying social work practice will be covered. All these will prepare graduates in utilising a common helping process on multiple levels – with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities and in implementing a variety of intervention roles including advocate, broker, case manager, counsellor, group educator and mediator. The programme will prepare graduates to practise in a variety of settings and with diverse populations.

Registration with SASW

Graduates of the basic degree in Social Work can register with the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) after they have met the requirements of supervised practical work. Graduates with the Honours degree will qualify for registration immediately.

Programme Structure
The programme is available at both basic and honours levels.

Applicants will first apply for admission to the basic degree programme. Admission to the honours level will be based on students' academic performance in the basic degree, and those who are eligible will be invited by the University to take the honours courses upon completion of their basic degree.

Students are required to complete a total of 130 credit units (cu) to graduate with a basic degree and a total of 170 cu to graduate with honours, inclusive of 10 cu of university core courses.

VWO Capability Fund (VCF) Local Training Grant

The Bachelor/Bachelor (Hons) of Social Work degree programme is supported under the VWO Capability Fund (VCF) Local Training Grant. Candidates approved for VCF funding will be given 30% subsidy of the course fees. Applicants must be staff with National Council of Social Service (NCSS) member Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs).

Course Information (Undergraduate Studies)
Year 1 (Compulsory Courses)
Semester 1:
Introduction to Psychology
Human Growth & Life Span Development

Semester 2:
Understanding the Self in Community and Society
Introduction to Social Work & Social Services in Singapore

Year 2 (Compulsory Courses)
Semester 1:
Legal & Ethical Issues in Helping Professions (5 cu)
Biological Influences on Human Behaviour (5 cu)
Social Work Practice & Skills Lab I: Working with Individuals & Families

Semester 2:
Research Methods in Behavioural Sciences
Social Work Practice & Skills Lab II: Working with Small Groups

Year 3 (Compulsory Courses)

Semester 1:
Social Work Practice & Skills Lab III: Working with Organizations & Communities
Elective for Semester 1 (either one):
Children & Families

Semester 2:
Social Work Practicum & Field Seminar I (600 hrs)
Elective for Semester 2 (either one):
Children & Families

Year 4 - Honours Level (Compulsory Courses)
Semester 1:
Social Statistics (5 cu)
Globalisation & Social Change (5 cu)
Elective for Semester 1 (either one):
Community Development

Semester 2:
Capstone Project
Social Work Practicum & Field Seminar II (400 hrs)

All courses are in 10 cu unless stated otherwise.
Students are strongly advised to take the courses listed in each semester/year as specified in the curriculum above. Graduates are required to meet a minimum of 80% attendance, as well as meet the practicum requirements of the SASW, in order to seek professional recognition by the SASW.

For more information related to the undergraduate programme, please refer to the SUSS website: