Would you like to help create a more inclusive society? The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) allows you to gain the skills needed to champion the rights of disadvantaged groups and contribute to social justice.

  • The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) provides you with core knowledge in social work, social policy and research. This internationally recognised program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • This is the only four-year honours degree that lets you choose an area of specialist practice, allowing you to become a more effective practitioner. Choose to specialise in Child, Youth and Family, Mental Health, or Health and Ageing.
  • Learn from award-winning educators and benefit from innovative teaching methods that simulate real-world encounters. You'll work with a range of different people to address issues through interpersonal, community and policy solutions.
  • Undertake coursework and a research project as you spend more than 1000 hours on supervised placements gathering valuable hands-on experience. You can also complete a rural, interstate or international placement in your final year.

This program develops your professional insight to provide support and guidance to vulnerable people, while implementing change that supports fundamental values of human dignity and worth.

  • Fast Facts

    National leaders

    Our social work researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means you will learn from leaders in teaching and research. This includes award-winning educators such as President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy.

  • Employability

    Join a growing profession

    The Australian Government projects a social work job growth of 28.2 per cent across the next five years. By 2019, it is anticipated there will be 44,000 social workers employed in Australia (Department of Employment).

  • Alumni

    Meet Anne Cross, CEO of UnitingCare Queensland

  • Students
    "The learning approaches are very diverse and encourage you to grow your clinical thinking skills. The lecturers and tutors are very passionate about what they teach and are always more than willing to help you." Oh Jia Min, Current social work student

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

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Career outcomes

Our graduates are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, developed professional skills, strong awareness of ethical issues, and advanced critical and analytical skills.

They typically find high-level work in areas such as:

  • Government agencies
  • Child protection
  • Drug and alcohol support clinics
  • Indigenous health and welfare agencies
  • Residential care
  • Community organisations
  • Not-for-profit groups
  • Private practice and public sector healthcare.

In these sectors, graduates often work as advocates or negotiators and act for people who are facing discrimination, or for people who are unable to act for themselves. Many of our honours graduates also work in areas of policy development or research.

Some of our more experienced honours graduates work as CEOs of government and non-government organisations, policy officers, community development workers, international aid workers, family therapists, probation officers and juvenile justice workers.

Other graduates further their research ambitions and enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

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  • Students
    "During my studies I have participated in the UQ Advantage Award where I had the opportunity to complete a month volunteering in Cambodia on a community development project. The practical experience, personal sense of achievement and professional insights I gained have been invaluable and incredibly rewarding." Kris Flint, current student


  • Program code
  • 734001
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


Year 12 or equivalent English.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake approximately 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of public and private agencies. You will have the opportunity during your placements to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings. You may also complete a rural, interstate or international placement in your final year.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Association Of Social Workers

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of minors available in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

Minors are listed on academic transcripts, but are not listed on your degree certificate when you graduate.

Child, Youth and Family (Minor)

This minor provides a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of social work practice with children, young people and families. The courses focus on practice in both statutory and non-government service organisations. Learning activities include a focus on developing students' understanding of the legal, policy and organisational environments of practice with children, young people and families with a strong focus on understanding the Queensland and national environments of practice.

Health and Ageing (Minor)

This minor will focus on social work practice in a variety of settings, including hospital and community settings. Courses focus on developing an understanding of theoretical perspectives which influence practice in health and ageing and the policy, legal and organisational environments of practice in health and ageing, with a strong focus on understanding the Australian context.

Mental Health (Minor)

This minor provides a comprehensive knowledge and skills base for advanced practice in mental health for social work practice with people with mental health problems in everyday social work settings. The emphasis is on understanding the living experience of mental illness and treatments as a starting point for helping.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of minors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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