Taught course

Master of Social Work Studies

University of Queensland · Health and Behavioural Sciences

Entry requirements


A bachelors degree with demonstrated study in the social and behavioural sciences. Additional application requirements From 2014, applicants with a non-English speaking background, please note: this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum for admission. The requirement is IELTS Academic overall 7 and a score of 7 in each sub-band of listening, reading, writing and speaking. This program may have inherent requirements that need to be met prior to undertaking placement. International students must undertake this program on campus at UQ on a full time basis to be eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. Please contact UQ International. Click here for more information on applying for a visa. English proficiency IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. How to apply Applications must be lodged through UQ International.

Months of entry


Course content

Social work is an exciting and rewarding career for those interested in working with people, and in addressing social and community issues and problems. Social workers 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 Master of Social Work Studies enables people with an undergraduate degree to qualify as a social worker and gain a postgraduate degree. The program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and graduates will be eligible to join the Association on completion of the degree. The program is particularly suited to new graduates looking for a clearly defined career path, mid-life career changers, human service workers looking to upgrade their skills and become a qualified social worker, and international students seeking to work as a social worker in Australia or overseas.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Fees for International students

Indicative annual fees are calculated on the basis of two full-time semesters only. Actual annual fees may vary in accordance with your choices of majors and electives and whether you study in Summer Semester. Tuition fees are indexed each year. The indexation rate is fixed 18 months in advance of a particular academic year thereby allowing you to plan your finances ahead of time. The University's intent is that fee rate increases will be kept to a minimum and that indexation rates will remain stable wherever possible. Since 2007 the indexation rate has remained at or less than 4%.

(To calculate the fees for any program, you will first need to choose the courses you wish to complete. To see all courses available please refer to the course list.)

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

UQ International
+61 3 8676 7004