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The University of Queensland (UQ)

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Master of Social Work Studies

  • Masters (Coursework)

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

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time
Course Code
5457, 063939E
Intake Months
International Fees
$27,744 per year / $55,488 total

About this course

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 two 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.

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 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.

Study locations

St Lucia

What you will learn

  • 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.

Career pathways

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)