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Master of  Social Work Studies

Program code: 5458

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Learn how to help people improve their wellbeing and manage the social conditions that create exclusion, injustice and inequality.

  • The 18-month Master of Social Work Studies is designed for people with a Bachelor of Human Services (or equivalent) and a portfolio. Contact the School for more information on entry requirements.
  • Study the role of evidence and research in supporting social work practice. You will complete a range of courses to develop a deeper understanding in influencing and implementing social policy through community consultation.
  • Gain key professional skills required that will allow you to work with and support individuals, families, groups and communities to achieve equitable access to opportunities and resources.
  • Undertake advanced practice electives to further develop your skills. You can choose from three different study areas: counselling, community development, or child and family welfare.

Qualify as a social worker and gain the skills to make a difference in people's lives with the Master of Social Work Studies.

  • Teaching staff

    National leaders

    Learn from award-winning educators and leaders in teaching and research, including the former President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy. Our social work researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.

  • 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
    “I chose to study the Master of Social Work Studies at UQ because of UQ’s international reputation. I really enjoyed the focus on the practical element of the program and the skills I developed.” Jamie, Master of Social Work Studies
  • Professional experience

    Industry engagement

    Benefit from a program created in consultation with professionals in the field. You'll learn the latest theories and practices, and undertake 600 hours of supervised practical placements in organisations such as not-for-profit, community service and private practice.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Social Work Studies work across the public, private and not-for profit sectors.

Employment opportunities are diverse and graduates may find themselves working in any number of areas, including:

  • health services
  • family support
  • child protection
  • community development
  • disability services
  • mental health
  • youth work and youth justice
  • drug and alcohol services
  • migrant and refugee services
  • correctional services
  • private practice.

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


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


A Bachelor of Human Services from the university (or equivalent) and portfolio.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Social Work Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Social Work Studies. 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.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake approximately 600 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of public and private agencies. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.

Although this program is offered on a part time basis, students will be required to attend clinical placements on a full time basis.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

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

  • Australian Association of Social Workers

Accreditation body

The Master of Social Work Studies is accredited by:

  • Australian Association Of Social Workers

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Master of Social Work Studies are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,984
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Social Work Studies. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Social Work Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Social Work Studies is 5458. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Applicants must submit a professional practice portfolio that demonstrates AASW practice standards and code of ethics for the first placement.

Domestic students enrolled in the MSocWkSt may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Although this program is offered on a part time basis, students will be required to attend clinical placements on a full time basis.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Social Work Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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