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What will I learn?

Now more than ever compassionate and engaged social workers are needed to help improve the life-chances and wellbeing of people and to combat societal inequality.

Contemporary social workers need contemporary skills to respond meaningfully to social problems. Our Master of Social Work (Qualifying) has been redesigned after direct industry feedback to reflect current and emerging practice trends in the profession.

The newly updated course with specialisation options will give you key skills in ethical, innovative and collaborative social work practice.

The new curriculum will equip you with advanced knowledge of social work research principles and methods. It also includes 1,000 hours of supervised professional placement, and students are encouraged to take part in additional project and research work with communities and industry.

You will graduate as a creative and ethical communicator who respectfully uses knowledge to meet the needs of diverse social work client groups, communities and organisations. You will be able to respond to social justice and human rights challenges in ways that are culturally sensitive, principled, and effective.

Learning Outcomes

Initiate improvements to services, policies and professional accountability in social work through the innovative application of critical analysis, research and culturally relevant knowledge.
Maximise ways of decolonising social work knowledge, frameworks and practices to address inequality and injustice in ways that promote social sustainability policies and goals.
Construct communication strategies that can respond to the needs and capacities of diverse social work client groups, communities, and organisations.
Propose leadership approaches for social work that are collaborative, cooperative and useful in micro, meso and macro contexts.
Develop ethical social work research and practice-based responses to local, national and global social justice and human rights challenges.
Design practical solutions that can contribute to the decolonising agenda in social work in a sustainable way by using creative, entrepreneurial, and relational approaches.

Career outcomes

The skills and expertise our Social Work graduates gain equips them for a diverse range of rewarding careers, including:

child safety practitioner
social worker
project manager
youth worker
mental health practitioner
policy analyst and advisor

community development worker
migrant and refugee settlement workers
case manager
drug and alcohol counsellor
palliative care social worker
relationships counsellor
disability advocate.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Law and Education



Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
A$33,950.00 (18,47,116) per year
AUD $69,088 for the entire course

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

Start date

11 July 2022


Launceston Campus

Newnham Drive, Newnham,



7250, LAUNCESTON, Australia

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
A$33,950.00 (18,47,116) per year
AUD $69,088 for the entire course

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

Start date

11 July 2022


University of Tasmania

Hobart Campus,

Churchill Avenue,



7005, HOBART, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to most masters by coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, TOEFL (IBT) 72 (no skill below: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; Writing 22); PTE Academic 50 with no score lower than 50; UTAS Access-English Level 7 - 60% (no individual score less than 60%); Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) - B Grade; Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) - C Grade; Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) Higher - C Grade.

For international students

Applicants for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) degree will have:

a completed three year degree other than social work from the University of Tasmania or a recognised university in a related field with relevant units in the social and behavioural sciences (psychology, nursing, education, arts);


a completed degree (or equivalent) in a non-related field. They will be required to complete 8 x 12.5% units of the BSW(Hons), which includes 4 required 200 level units (Discipline and Degree Core Knowledge units) and 4 electives (Experience and Engagement units) that include at least one unit with a focus on studies of the individual/behavioural science.

The English proficiency requirement for entry to the MSW(Q) will be an IELTS overall score of 7 with each band no less than 6.5.

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


About University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Tasmania is an island of creative and curious minds. No matter where students join from, they’ll become part of a welcoming, collaborative community.

  • Ranked in the top 2 per cent of global universities by THE
  • Top 1 % globally for agricultural science, nursing and Law
  • Highly ranked for sustainability
  • Excellent support services for international students