University of the Sunshine Coast

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

University of the Sunshine Coast

Course details

CRICOS course code: 073869J

Level of study: Masters Degrees


Advance your skills and knowledge to create a more just world.

Social work is becoming an increasingly important discipline in our rapidly changing world. As societies reckon with the challenges posed by globalism, populism, social and economic exploitation, and climate change, social work practice works to address structural inequalities and ensure people do not experience marginalisation based on their gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age or geographical living situation. This professionally accredited, post-qualifying degree builds on your prior knowledge and experience, and gives you the advanced knowledge and skills you need to work with people – both individually and collectively – to effect social change.

In this degree you will:

  • Develop your skills as a critically reflective and analytical social work practitioner
  • Build the advanced innovative knowledge and skills required to undertake social action, community development, policy analysis and development, advocacy and research
  • Complete two field education placements (1000 hours in total) to integrate classroom learning with practical workplace experience in a huge range of fields, including health and mental health, child protection, disability, substance abuse, family violence, homelessness, working with young people, families, the elderly, refugees and Indigenous communities

Career opportunities

This program opens up jobs in diverse social work settings including health, mental health, family support, child protection, aged care, youth work, income support, community development, refugee and migrant support, Indigenous rights and human service management. Employment opportunities as a social worker are in demand in government organisations, community agencies, and in private practice in Australia and overseas.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 26,800 Per Year Read moreEstimated Total Tuition Fee: 53,600
Start date: 27 February 2023
24 July 2023
Duration: 2 years
Study mode: Full time

University of the Sunshine Coast

90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sunshine Coast Queensland 4556

Entry criteria

Applicants must hold a relevant 3-year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) that includes the equivalent of at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences (studies of the individual and society). This is the minimum entry requirement as set out by the ASWEAS guidelines (2012).

If an applicant's prior degree has not specifically addressed social work, sociology and psychology, they may be required to undertake additional foundational study as determined by the Faculty of Arts and Business (usually the Program Coordinator of Master of Social Work (Qualifying)), including:

  • SCS172 Social Work and Human Services Practice
  • SCS110 Introduction to Sociology: Society, Culture and Change
  • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology A, or PSY101 Introduction to Psychology B
  • Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7 with minimum of 7.0 in all other subtests; TOEFL: Paper based -overall score of 785 with a writing score of 5.5; Internet based - overall score of 105 with no sub score less than 25; Pearson Test of English: Overall 65 with no sub score less than 65; CAE/CPE: Overall 185 or above with no less than 185 in each skill.


University of the Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sunshine Coast Queensland 4556