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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Social Work Studies

Turn your passion for helping people and addressing social and community issues into a rewarding career with accredited qualifications in social work.

As a social worker, you'll play a key role in developing a society based on social justice and in alleviating disadvantage. Social workers stimulate action to change the social circumstances of individuals and groups who are socially excluded. They also work to reduce personal pain and distress and provide direction for individual development and control over life situations.

The two year full-time program is particularly suited for new graduates looking for a clearly defined career path as a social worker, or people working in human services wanting to upgrade their skills to become a qualified 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 undertake 1,000 hours of supervised practical placements in a variety of organisations including not-for-profit, community service organisations and private practice.

This program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and will enable you to qualify as a social worker and become a member of the AASW.

Program highlights

  • Learn from award-winning educators and leaders in teaching and research.
  • Benefit from a program created in consultation with professionals in the field.
  • Develop your skills and experience through supervised practical placements in organisations including not-for-profits, community service organisations and private practices.
  • Launch your career in social work or upgrade your existing experience in human services to become a qualified social worker, accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


  • Feb Deadline: Nov

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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)

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

An approved bachelor degree with at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) demonstrated study in social and behavioural sciences.You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.