- Townsville: February, July
- Cairns: February, July
2 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
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
Enhance your current qualifications and gain the critical skills to improve the lives of others, working towards creating a just and equitable society. This specialist postgraduate professional qualifying course, recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers is designed to give you valuable opportunities to gain practical professional experience in social work practice and social welfare agencies, both in Australia and overseas.
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 individuals, families, groups and communities. Subjects consider global and contemporary Australian 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.
Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) graduates are highly employable and make a difference in a variety of settings.
You could pursue a career as a social worker in government and non-government organisations throughout Australia or internationally.
Graduates find employment in areas like hospital and community health services, mental 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.
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
JCU Cairns-based and external students who commence mid-year must travel to JCU 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 part-time equivalent
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 Coursework Enrolment Procedure.
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
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 a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning 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
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Chandandeep Chirag Patel
Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
We don’t only study what’s written in the book. They invite guest lecturers from the profession, from the field itself, so it gives us knowledge of what is going on currently in the market. The entire course curriculum is outstanding and that’s the reason I’m here.
Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
The wealth and depth of knowledge I gained through the Master of Social Work, in addition to being able to grow personally and professionally, has been amazing. I am now a school counsellor – a role not easily attained by Social Workers – but through this course, my dream became a reality.
Associate Professor Abraham Francis
Head, Social Work
JCU Social Work is grounded on the principles of social justice and human rights. We welcome our students to be connected to the grassroots realities around them. We need competent, confident, and compassionate social workers and human service professionals in the field, and we inspire our students to be change agents.
North Queensland President, Australian Association of Social Workers
Employing and working alongside JCU Social Work graduates has been a seamless process of securing well trained and supported graduates. The standout attributes we have observed with graduates in our workplace is the level of preparedness and readiness to provide productive clinical services on start of employment.