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Master of Social Work Studies

Overview

Turn your passion for helping people and addressing social and community issues into a rewarding career with accredited qualifications in social work.

As a social worker, you'll play a key role in developing a society based on social justice and in alleviating disadvantage. Social workers stimulate action to change the social circumstances of individuals and groups who are socially excluded. They also work to reduce personal pain and distress and provide direction for individual development and control over life situations.

The 2 year full-time program is particularly suited for new graduates looking for a clearly defined career path as a social worker, or people working in human services wanting to upgrade their skills to become a qualified social worker.

As part of the core courses, you'll complete advanced practice in counselling, community development, or child and family welfare. You'll undertake 1,000 hours of supervised practical placements in a variety of organisations including not-for-profit, community service organisations and private practice.

This program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and will enable you to qualify as a social worker and become a member of the AASW.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
1.5 Years Master of Social Work Studies
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
QTAC Code
734002
Program Code
5457
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$28352 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
1.5 Years Master of Social Work Studies
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
734002
Program Code
5457
CRICOS Code
063939E
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from award-winning educators and leaders in teaching and research.
  • Benefit from a program created in consultation with professionals in the field.
  • Develop your skills and experience through supervised practical placements in organisations including not-for-profits, community service organisations and private practices.
  • Launch your career in social work or upgrade your existing experience in human services to become a qualified social worker, accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

Students will undertake approximately 1,000 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.

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

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Lifespan, Culture and Disability
  • Introduction to Key Elements of Social Work
  • Direct Practice 1
  • The Legal and Policy Context for Social Work Practice

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Social worker (child protection)
  • Social worker (community development)
  • Social worker (correctional services)
  • Social worker (disability services)
  • Social worker (drug and alcohol services)
  • Social worker (health services)
  • Social worker (migrant and refugee services)
  • Social worker (private practice)
  • Social worker (youth work and youth justice)

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Association of Social Workers

Program accreditation

The Master of Social Work Studies is accredited by:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved bachelor degree with at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) demonstrated study in social and behavioural sciences.You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Prerequisites

An approved bachelor degree with at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) demonstrated study in social and behavioural sciences.You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

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English language requirements

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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Additional application information

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

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

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.

Additional application information

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

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,352

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Social Work Studies for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

AUD $8,021

Indicative annual fee 2022 Commonwealth supported place

This 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 (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

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

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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