Course Description

The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) provides graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional social worker, an occupation that the Australian government predicts will continue to experience very strong growth. This course is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and graduates are eligible to become a member of the AASW. Social workers typically work with disadvantaged and marginalised individuals, groups, and communities within a social justice and human rights framework in counselling, advocacy, and the enhancement of health and well-being. Social workers address the barriers, inequality and injustices faced by many groups in our community. UNE's social work program embraces a framework that examines the dynamic interaction of human behaviour, institutions and complex social interactions. Covering all the core requirements of an accredited professional social work degree, the MSW (Professional Qualifying) at UNE emphasises practice in rural and complex community environments, and focuses on rights-based practice, mental health, Indigenous peoples, child protection and the law. The course incorporates the mandatory 1000 hours of professional fieldwork placement supervised by experienced practitioners indiverse social work settings locally and overseas. Study requirements allow students choice to study either on campus or online, with periodic compulsory intensive face-to-face classes for students who learn by distance.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $49,872 per year full-time, $99,744 total course costCommonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,560 per year full-time, $13,120 total course cost
International Students: $27,300 per year full-time


2 - 3 years full time, 6 years part time

Starting dates

February, June

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at University of New England (UNE) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 67.9% (national average 71.7%)
Improved skills: 83.9% (national average 78.7%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.9% (national average 83.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of New England (UNE). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at University of New England (UNE) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 68.8% (national average 78.1%)
Studying full time: 5.9% (national average 5.6%)
Median full time salary: $74,400 (national average $67,800)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 084828E

Entry Requirements

1. 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 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. 2. Candidates who have not completed one year of study of social science units bu