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Master of  Social Work Studies

Program code: 5458
CRICOS code: 090308A


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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.

  • 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.

  • Employability

    Join a growing profession

    The Australian Government projects a social work job growth of 28.2 per cent until 2021.

  • 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

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
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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

Applicants must submit a professional practice portfolio that demonstrates Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards and code of ethics for the first placement.

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

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Social Work Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,744
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Social Work Studies for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit 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.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Social Work Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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

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Additional application information

Before commencing placement courses, you must obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card. See

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 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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