Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
Students choose JCU because of the university's well-deserved reputation for delivering courses that are highly valued by employers. The JCU Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is a wise study choice if you have a particular interest in working with people and communities in Northern Australia and beyond.
If you are a graduate with some social science background, you can choose this course to gain a post graduate qualification in social work. 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.
When added to your existing undergraduate degree, your JCU Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) gives you a professionally accredited social work qualification that's recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Part time available
This Masters degree qualifies you to apply for work in government and non-government organisations throughout Australia or internationally in areas such as:
- Hospital and community health services
- Child protection services
- Youth and family services
- Community work and development roles
- Social policy, research and advocacy roles.
JCU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) degree gives you valuable opportunities to network and gain practical professional experience in social welfare agencies in Australia and overseas. You'll be job-ready when you graduate.
Studies of local and global issues, and subjects that integrate international perspectives with the perspectives of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are integral to this course.
You may be able to continue to work as you study, as this course offers maximum study flexibility through its limited attendance study mode. Some subjects are also available internally/on campus in either Cairns or Townsville.
You will be supported through annual compulsory, on-campus residential workshops, consistent lecturer support and feedback, and a wealth of online materials to direct and augment your learning.
You'll also have opportunities to develop a sense of collegiality and group support with other students studying to become members of the international profession of social work.
JCU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) enables you to develop the knowledge and skills you'll require to help people thrive in their environment, promote positive relationships and promote a just and equitable society. You'll gain experience working with individuals, families, groups and communities.
You'll gain unique insights as you:
- Reflect critically on the complex relationships between social work and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their diverse histories and cultures;
- Develop your interpersonal skills to allow you to respectfully and empathically communicate and support individuals, groups and communities through processes of change;
- Reflect critically on the impacts of complex social, political and historical issues on environmental and social sustainability in Australia and internationally, with a focus on the tropics;
- Investigate, analyse critically and transform complex social systems, institutions, structures, processes, practices and inequities;
Among the core subjects you'll study are:
- Postgraduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice
- Social Welfare Work with Children and Families
- Social Work and Mental Health
- Social Policy Analysis
- Community Development.
Enhance your employability and advance your career in Australia and globally through the Masters Employability Program. Complete a structured co-curricular employability skills and development program, which runs for the duration of the degree. This includes a tailored plan to support individual employment objectives, beginning from semester one through to graduation.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
WS5517:06 Foundations for Social Work Practice
WS4503:03 Social Work and Mental Health
WS2121:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice
WS4514:03 Theories for Social Work Practice
WS5304:06 Field Education 1
WS3027:03 Social Welfare Practice with Children and Families
WS5103:03 Community Development
WS5005:03 Social Policy Analysis
SS5103:06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
WS5611:03 Professional Development for Social Work Practice
WS5605:09 Advanced Social Work Practicum
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Cairns-based and External students who commence mid-year will be required to travel to Townsville twice during their first Study Period to attend compulsory workshops, as described in the Post Admission Requirements.
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.
Students may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
24 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING)
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.