Study social work and human services

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Join a community that has a proud history of providing services to vulnerable communities from a foundation of respect, social justice and human rights.

Why study social work and human services at QUT?

  • Learn from passionate staff who are social workers, human services practitioners, counsellors, anthropologists, political activists and advocates.
  • Study a two-year Master of Social Work to become a qualified social worker.
  • Use a variety of learning and teaching modes, like face-to-face learning, blended and online, collaborative and group-based activities.

Short courses and professional development

Complete supervised professional experience

Graduate industry ready with 1,000 hours of professional placement during the Master of Social Work.

Professional placements give you the opportunity to explore career paths in direct support services, advocacy services, and policy development. Our students have completed placements in neighbourhood centres, homelessness and outreach services, youth services, child safety, disability, hospitals and residential aged care facilities. You can also work alongside health professionals at QUT Health Clinics to deliver important services to local community members who are accessing the low-vision clinic.

You'll receive ongoing support from supervisors and can collaborate and network in student hubs at major placement facilities including Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Cherbourg, and Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Build skills ready for industry

Our programs produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and values to work and thrive in complex and volatile environments. We consult regularly with industry to ensure our curriculum reflects emerging priorities in the professions, curriculum development, and student placement opportunities

Our Master of Social Work programs is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

A career in research

Our social work and human services research responds to demands for better health services and policy development to achieve a fairer, more inclusive society. Our areas of research strength include child protection, disability, social policy, mental health, human service and program evaluation, and social work practice.

The majority of our research is conducted through the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

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