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What will I learn?

If you are a graduate of Social Sciences or another Human Services program and want to gain professional qualifications in social work, this postgraduate course is a strong choice.

Explore a wide range of fascinating topics in applied social sciences, like the impacts of ageing, alcohol and drug use, empowerment in the workplace, personality, therapies, equity and access, tourism management and urban management.

You’ll be guided by passionate academics who can help you reach your full potential and enact positive and lasting change in the world.

Social Work at Western

This degree combines academic rigour, exceptional research training, blended and work-based learning, and 1,008 hours of field education.

As a student of Western Sydney University you will undertake traditional academic units as well as completing assessed placements. The combination of blended and work-based learning is a distinguishing feature of this degree.

There is a strong emphasis on our students moving beyond the University and working on projects with people in the community and workplace. It is specifically designed to ensure you graduate with hands-on skills working with the community at large – skills that can take your career to the next level.

In addition to emerging with a Master qualification, you will also be equipped with the practical education required to meet Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) standards.

Your career

With a Master of Social Work (Qualifying), there are so many ways to influence the world you'll live in.

Become a caseworker/manager and make a difference in the areas of child protection, drug and alcohol services or community health

Take on an exciting research role

Become a counsellor and change the lives of people struggling with emotional issues

Influence the development of social policy

Get involved in Human Services and help Improve aged care, communities, education providers and transport services

Which department am I in?

School of Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,080.00 (15,12,931) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

March 2023


Parramatta City Campus

169 Macquarie Street and 100 George Street,

New South Wales,

2150, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant for a Masters Coursework degree program must either hold: A Bachelor degree or an overseas qualification from a recognized university or tertiary institution that is equivalent to a Bachelor degree, or a Graduate Diploma from a recognized tertiary institution or university. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic version): 6.5 overall score, minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL internet-based score: Total score 82, Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 58 overall; No communication skills less than 50.

For international students

Students must have a Bachelor degree or an overseas qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution that is equivalent to a Bachelor degree, or A Graduate Diploma from a recognised tertiary institution or university.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0 overall score, minimum 6.5 in each subtest; TOEFL internet-based total score 94 Writing 24; and subtests 22; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 65 overall; minimum 58 in each of the four skills Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading in one sitting.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Western Sydney University offers below pathways course for this subject

About Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is among the world’s top 2% of universities and places students at the very heart of the University experience.

  • Ranked in the top 250 universities globally by THE
  • Ranked 34 in Young Universities globally
  • Offering more scholarships that ever before
  • 49,200 Students, 6,300 International Students