Study social work and human services

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.
  • Complete extensive supervised placements in a range of professional environments, including rural and remote communities and opportunities to travel overseas.
  • Choose electives in child and family services, disability services, services to young people or international social work.
  • 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

Want to be a social worker and already have a degree in health sciences? Fast-track your learning with the Master of Social Work.

Access diverse workplace experience

Graduate industry ready with extensive professional placements as part of your course, including:

  • 500 placement hours with Bachelor of Human Services
  • 1,000 hours of placement in the social work courses

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. There are also opportunities to complete placements overseas.

Social work students 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 Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers. The Bachelor of Human Services is accredited by Australian Community Workers Association.

Double your options with a double degree

If you're interested in combining social work with other areas, our courses can be paired with a number of other bachelor degrees. Graduate with a competitive advantage in the workplace and a wider range of skills and knowledge, and expand your career opportunities to include roles in project management and in specialist areas like justice or creative industries.

Alternative pathway to social work

If you already have a bachelor degree with at least 8 units of social sciences than our Master of Social Work offers an alternative pathway to becoming a qualified social worker.

Pathways to research

The Bachelor of Social Work offers an honours pathway to students at the end of their second year of study. The honours component recognises the increasing priority of evidence-based practice and provides a strong foundation in research. Graduate with the advanced skills that are required to become a leader in a dynamic and evolving profession.

Our areas of research strength include child protection, disability, social policy, mental health, human service and program evaluation, and social work practice.

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