M.Sc. On Campus Online

Social Work (Qualifying)

University of New England

24 months
29344 AUD/year
26200 AUD/year
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With a focus on rural and regional communities, University of New England's Master of Social Work (Qualifying) will provide you with the tools to thrive in this rewarding and rapidly-evolving profession.


Build on your existing knowledge and passion for social justice and human rights with practical experience and flexibly delivered case-based learning. Gain the skills necessary to address barriers, inequality and injustices faced by marginalised and disadvantaged groups in Australia's socially and culturally diverse society.

Why study the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) with UNE?

Social workers address the barriers, inequality and injustices faced by many disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and groups in our community. University of New England's Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is designed for people who wish to change their career direction, or for those already working in the community services who wish to boost their career trajectory.

If you have a passion for social justice and human rights, and you already hold an undergraduate degree that includes the equivalent of one-year full-time study (potentially 48 credit points (8 units) or equivalent — depending on the university), our Master's course will build on your existing knowledge to provide you with the practical and theoretical skills for a career in the growing and dynamic field of professional social work.

Career outcomes

Our social work graduates are in demand in Australia and overseas in rewarding and challenging careers. Choose the direction you want to take, with strong projected future growth in the field.  

Social workers are employed in a diverse range of government, non-government and community agencies such as: 

  • hospitals and community health centres 
  • early intervention, child protection programs and family support services 
  • schools 
  • justice and human rights  
  • housing 
  • mental health 
  • community development and advocacy agencies. 

With the emphasis on skill development and continuing lifelong education, a postgraduate social work degree from UNE will position you at the forefront of change and innovation, and can lead to opportunities in management, education, research, policy development, politics and community planning. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations for Mental Health Practice 
  • Capstone Project
  • Social Work Through the LifeSpan
  • Disadvantage and Service Provision 
  • Social Work Direct Practice Skills 
  • Juvenile Justice and Child Protection

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


96 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS Code 084828E
  • A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 three year undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work from a recognised university, which includes the equivalent of one year of full-time study (48 credit points (8 units or equivalent) in any Social Science discipline as defined by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. 
  • Where a candidate holds an international qualification in social work that does not meet the Australian Association of Social Workers eligibility for membership, admission may be sought to the degree through permission from the Social Work Course Coordinator. However, the candidate will be individually responsible for contacting the Australian Association of Social Workers regarding eligibility for membership based on their individual circumstances.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29344 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29344 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    26200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26200 AUD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Armidale

1500 - 2100 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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