Highlights

  • Develop expertise in casework, assessment and intervention, practice frameworks, policy, and ethical and legal contexts of practice.
  • Complete in 2 years full time or 4 years part time.
  • Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Gain experience in extensive field placements supervised by a professional social worker.

Highlights

  • Develop expertise in casework, assessment and intervention, practice frameworks, policy, and ethical and legal contexts of practice.
  • Complete in 2 years full-time with a flexible mix of online learning, block attendance, and external delivery.
  • Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Gain experience in extensive field placements supervised by a professional social worker.

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What to expect

The Master of Social Work provides graduates with an internationally recognised qualification in social work and is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

During the course students will develop knowledge and expertise in:

  • casework and case management practice
  • assessment and intervention
  • political economy and policy making
  • ethical and legal contexts of practice
  • theoretical and practice framework that incorporate child wellbeing and mental health contexts

Students also complete 1,000 hours of supervised field placements.

Students are required to attend compulsory on-campus sessions each semester. This includes a requirement to attend sessions during Orientation Week. All commencing students will need to ensure they are available to attend.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Find out more about additional course requirements and costs.

Blue card

You will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

This course is designed for graduates from other disciplines seeking a qualification in social work. It is not suitable for qualified social workers seeking additional postgraduate study.

This innovative course is designed to deliver graduates who can work in a variety of government, non-government, and not-for-profit sectors, either in direct support or outreach services, community development or policy and social advocacy positions.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Details and units

The Master of Social Work - Qualifying consists of 12 units and can be studied full time (two years) or part time (four years).

The course includes a minimum 1,000 hours of field placements supervised by a professional social worker. These placements are undertaken over two professional practice units, each worth 36 credit points (SWN021 and SWN022).

The Master of Social Work - Qualifying consists of 12 units and can be studied full time (two years) or part time (four years).

The course includes a minimum 1,000 hours of field placements supervised by a professional social worker. These placements are undertaken over two professional practice units, each worth 36 credit points (SWN021 and SWN022).

Requirements

Selection rank
93.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

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Course code
SW81
QTAC code
425051
CRICOS code
093236K
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
2 years full-time
4 years part-time
Duration
2 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Academic entry requirements

You must have a completed recognised bachelor degree and have passed one year (8 units) of full-time studies in social sciences such as:

• studies in society
• human development
• education
• human services
• law
• media and communication
• psychology
• sociology
• urban and regional planning.

This course is not designed for students who already have a bachelor degree in social work.

Selection ranks

You will be considered solely on the basis of selection ranks from your prior degree studies plus any postgraduate studies you may have undertaken. Other qualifications and experiences may be allocated selection ranks for entry to other QUT courses, but will not be considered for this course.

International qualifications

We recognise that not all overseas social work qualifications will meet the professional requirements to gain membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). We will consider applications from overseas qualified applicants for this course.

If you are a qualified social worker in your country of residence, you should also contact the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) to determine any study you may need to undertake to be eligible for membership in Australia. This assessment may indicate that you won't need to complete the full two years of study and you may be eligible for some credit for prior learning (advanced standing) towards your study.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2021

425051 Master of Social Work - Qualifying

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

You must have a completed recognised bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4 (on QUT's 7 point scale) that includes the equivalent of at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences, for example:

• studies in society
• human development
• education
• human services
• law
• media and communication
• psychology
• sociology
• urban and regional planning.

Note

This course is not designed for students who already have the equivalent of a Bachelor in Social Work.  However, QUT recognises that not all overseas social work qualifications will meet the professional requirements to gain membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and will consider applications from overseas qualified applicants for this course.  

Applicants who are qualified Social Workers in their country of residence should also contact the AASW to determine the study they may need to undertake to be eligible for membership in Australia.  This assessment may indicate that it will not be necessary for you to complete the full two years of study and you may be eligible for some advanced standing towards your study.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
7 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
185 176 176 176 176
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
65 58 58 58 58
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
98 20 20 24 20

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $14,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Find out more about additional course requirements and costs.

2021 fees

2021: $31,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Find out more about additional course requirements and costs.

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about postgraduate course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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