6th April 2018


    Full Time: Friday Evenings & Saturdays


    33 months (2 years 9 months)

The Diploma in Social Work programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia. It is a competency-based educational programme which has been designed in reference to the National Competency Standards for Social Work Practice (2010) where standard areas have been identified at a specific level for diploma students.

This programme was developed to meet the needs of two main categories of students:

(i) working adults who are already involved as frontline workers in social welfare and human services but do not possess any recognised social work education or training qualifications

(ii) school leavers who are interested to begin social work studies at diploma level

The programme and mode of study is approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). It comprises a total of 90 credit hours which includes 12 credit hours of compulsory practicum attachment at social work related agencies. With the diploma qualification, graduates will gain recognition as trained social workers and full membership with the Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW). The Diploma in Social Work programme will contribute towards an expansion of professionally-trained human resource in social work practice which is critically needed to manage the increasing numbers of people experiencing psychosocial problems, crises and pressures in daily living. It will also provide a pathway to an undergraduate degree in social work or related fields if the student wishes to pursue a higher level of qualification.

Welcome Message from the Head of Social Work 


Welcome to the Diploma in Social Work Programme of MCKL, a historic milestone in the development of social work education in Malaysia.This is the first English medium diploma programme in social work, and MCKL is the first private college to offer this programme. The programme was designed to meet the National Competency Standards for Social Work Practice (2010). Its development was largely motivated by the urgent training needs of passionate and committed workers and volunteers wishing to provide social work and social welfare services at a professional level. Not just so, it also offers a career path to school leavers to begin social work at diploma level.

The practice of social work requires diverse learning across a wide range of multi-discipline knowledge areas, i.e. theories and research in social work, psychology and sociology. The programme also incorporates practice and procedural knowledge in key areas of practice, i.e. child and family welfare, health and mental health, and drug and alcohol addictions.  Additionally the programme provides a choice of 3 out of 6 electives namely: working with the elderly, people with disabilities or HIV/AIDS, domestic violence concerns, minority populations, and juvenile/adult offenders. Underpinning the teaching of all these subjects is the emphasis on social work principles, values and ethics in line with universal values of human rights and social justice advocated by the various Conventions of the United Nations. The programme is also designed to be at par with standards endorsed by the International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

MCKL is the only college offering the Diploma in Social Work programme in Malaysia but it is also a college which shares the principles, values and ethics of the social work profession. It has a long and reputable history of providing quality and holistic education within a nurturing environment for students to realise their full potential. 


Ms Elsie Lee,

Head, Diploma in Social Work 


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