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What will I learn?

Qualify as a social worker and gain the skills to make a difference in people's lives with the Master of Social Work Studies.

If you're interested in working with people and addressing social and community issues and problems, social work is an exciting and rewarding career. As a social worker, you'll have a commitment to the wellbeing of society and be highly skilled to intervene with and support individuals, families, groups and communities.

You'll study the role of evidence and research in supporting social work practice and you'll complete a range of courses to develop a deeper understanding in influencing and implementing social policy through community consultation.

This program will allow you to qualify as a social worker. In addition to completing core courses, you'll have the opportunity to complete advanced practice electives in counselling, community development, or child and family welfare.

You'll benefit from a program created in consultation with professionals in the field. You'll learn the latest theories and practices, and undertake 600 hours of supervised practical placements in organisations such as not-for-profit, community service and private practice.

The 18-month Master of Social Work Studies is designed for people with a Bachelor of Human Services (or equivalent) and a professional practice portfolio that demonstrates Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards and code of ethics.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

Social worker (child protection)
Social worker (community development)
Social worker (correctional services)
Social worker (disability services)
Social worker (drug and alcohol services)
Social worker (health services)
Social worker (migrant and refugee services)
Social worker (private practice)
Social worker (youth work and youth justice)

Which department am I in?

Health and Behavioural Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,352.00 (15,59,516) per year
The given fees is refers to 2022 and subject to change for 2023 intakes.

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

Start date

20 February 2023


The University of Queensland

St Lucia Campus,



4072, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree in engineering (in the relevant field of study for which they wish to enrol) with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. English Language Scores: IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening; TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19; TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading; PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section; CAE/CPE: Overall Cambridge English Scale (CES) score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each skill; BE: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills.

For international students

A Bachelor of Human Services from the university (or equivalent) and portfolio.

Applicants must submit a professional practice portfolio that demonstrates Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards and code of ethics for the first placement.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BEP and OET are not accepted.

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


About The University of Queensland

As one of the top 50 universities in the world, UQ offers students the chance to join a leading research community and become an in-demand graduate.

  • Top 50 universities in the world (QS 2022)
  • Most ARC fellowships and awards in Australia
  • Specialist research centres and sites across Queensland
  • Varied scholarship and grant opportunities

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