Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
- 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.
How you'll learn
Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.
- Work placements
- Online study
Placements and work experience
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
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)
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
The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is accredited by:
- Australian Association Of Social Workers
To be eligible for entry, you'll need:
Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications
Relevant disciplines include anthropology, community development, counselling, criminology, human services, Indigenous studies, international relations, political science, psychological sciences, psychology, sociology.
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 (including Paper Edition) - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.
PTE Academic - 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.
To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.
International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) 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.
Need help meeting the entry requirements?
We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.
If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.
Additional application information
Additional application information
Fees and Scholarships
Indicative annual fee
Domestic places in the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) 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.
The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students.
You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:
How to apply
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.
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.