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Master of Social Work Studies

Overview

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

If you're interested in working with people and addressing social and community issues and problems, social work is an exciting and rewarding career. As a social worker, you'll have a commitment to the wellbeing of society and be highly skilled to intervene with and support individuals, families, groups and communities.

You'll study the role of evidence and research in supporting social work practice and you'll complete a range of courses to develop a deeper understanding in influencing and implementing social policy through community consultation.

This program will allow you to qualify as a social worker. In addition to completing core courses, you'll have the opportunity to complete advanced practice electives in counselling, community development, or child and family welfare. 

You'll 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.

The 18-month Master of Social Work Studies is designed for people with a Bachelor of Human Services (or equivalent) and a professional practice portfolio that demonstrates Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards and code of ethics.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
2 Years Master of Social Work Studies
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5458
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$27744 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
2 Years Master of Social Work Studies
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5458
CRICOS Code
090308A
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-profit, community service organisations and private practice.
  • Launch your career path 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 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.

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

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:

  • Introduction to Key Elements of Social Work
  • Advanced Social Work Field Practice Course in Child, Youth and Family
  • Advanced Social Work Field Practice Course in Mental Health
  • The Legal and Policy Context for Social Work Practice

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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
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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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.

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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

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.

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

Availability of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are reviewed yearly and are offered to eligible applicants on a limited basis. There is no guarantee that any CSP places will be available.

The number of CSPs for Semester 1 commencement are limited and selection is highly competitive. There will be no separate application process for CSPs and all eligible candidates that submit a complete application by 31 January each year will be automatically considered. Applicants will be notified prior to the start of classes whether they have been offered a CSP. Please be aware not all applicants will be successful. Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a CSP offer may still be offered a place in the program as a full-fee paying student.

Selection for CSPs is managed by the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and based purely on academic merit (e.g. past academic performance, level of qualifications).

Additional application information

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

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 $27,744

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Social Work Studies for the 2021 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.

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AUD $23,360

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Social Work Studies at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. See the fee for a CSP in this program. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

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

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Social Work Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-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

The closing date for this program is:

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

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

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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