Social Work (Professional Qualifying), Master | James Cook University | Cairns, Australia
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Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

24 months
30960 AUD/year
23240 AUD/year
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This specialist Social Work (Professional Qualifying) MSW course from James Cook University is designed to give you valuable opportunities to network and gain practical professional experience in social welfare agencies, both in Australia and overseas. 


Enhance your current qualifications and gain the critical skills to improve the lives of others, working towards creating a just and equitable society. 

Acquire valuable hands-on experience working with individuals, families, groups and communities through on-campus classes and/or residential workshops. JCU’s world-class lecturers provide consistent support and regular feedback to help you get the most out of your learning experience.

Students complete a series of essential core subjects, tailored to the unique and complex challenges of social work. Subjects consider global issues and international perspectives with those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Work while you study with JCU’s flexible delivery options. You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning for one field education placement if you already have significant social welfare and human services experience.

Career Opportunities 

  • Graduates of the Social Work (Professional Qualifying) MSW course from James Cook University are highly employable and make a difference in a variety of settings.
  • You could pursue a career in government and non-government organisations throughout Australia or internationally.
  • Graduates find employment in areas like hospital and community health services, child protection services, youth and family services.
  • You could work in a range of occupations, such as case work with individuals and families, community work and development roles, or social policy, research and advocacy roles.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Work Practice
  • Social Work and Mental Health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice
  • Theories for Social Work Practice
  • Field Education 
  • Social Welfare Practice with Children and Families
  • Community Development 
  • Social Policy Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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48 alternative credits


On Campus

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General requirements

CRICOS code: 070091A 

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline other than Social Work that includes a minimum of 1 year full-time study in social and behavioural sciences; or equivalent.
  • US: Satisfactory completion of one year at a recognised university with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Germany: Successful completion of six months of study at a recognised German university with an overall grade of Pass or successful completion of Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Reifezeugnis.
  • Sweden: Successful completion of Upper Secondary School or Kommunal vuxenutbildning with a minimum GPA of 12.
  • Norway: Successful completion of at least six months of study at a recognised higher education institution in Norway; or successful completion of Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skolen with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Denmark: Successful completion of one semester of study at a recognised higher education institution with an overall grade of Pass (average of D).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30960 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30960 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    23240 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23240 AUD per year during 24 months.

Estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for domestic students for a full-time study load $8,021.00


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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