M.Sc. On Campus Online

Social Work (Professional 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, the Social Work (Professional Qualifying) program from University of New England will provide you with the tools to thrive in this rewarding and rapidly-evolving profession. 


What makes our course different?

At UNE, our social work courses have a particular focus on issues that face rural and regional communities. They are designed to provide an understanding and respect for the varied social, ethnic, cultural and religious groups that make up Australian society, with an emphasis on marginalised and Indigenous people. The Social Work (Professional Qualifying) program from University of New England will enable you to effectively respond to the rapidly changing social and environmental issues affecting individuals and communities. 

Study flexibly to work in with your lifestyle, professional situation, and learning needs, either full time or part time, on campus or online (with some mandatory, on-campus intensive schools).

Choose your elective unit from a variety of specialist areas of practice, including mental health, substance abuse, leadership and management in healthcare and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Complete your 1000 hours of professional fieldwork (clinical) placements in diverse social work settings in Australia and internationally. Clinical placements are supervised by experienced practitioners who support you in developing the skills needed to practice social work effectively in complex environments, with disadvantaged and marginalised individuals, groups, and communities.

Prove your enhanced discipline knowledge and research skills with the capstone unit HLTH554A, a research unit in a specialised area of your choice, usually completed alongside your second field placement. This unit of study will enable your critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice tools gained as you produce a piece of independent professional research.

Study with a highly rated university. UNE is consistently awarded the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support in The Good Universities Guide.

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:

  • Mental Health Practice 
  • Capstone Project 
  • Social Work Through the LifeSpan 
  • Disadvantage and Service Provision
  • Social Work Direct Practice Skills 
  • Fieldwork  
  • Juvenile Justice and Child Protection 
  • Social Work Intervention Models and Skills 
  • Groups and Communities 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


96 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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. 
  • In other words, the 48 credit points may include units in courses such as Accounting, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Marketing, Management, Political Science, Social Medicine, Sociology, Statistics, etc.

Tuition Fee

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    29344 AUD/year
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  • National

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

Living costs for Armidale

1500 - 2100 AUD /month
Living costs

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