Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

James Cook University JCU

Students undertake a structured program of study by coursework covering a range of social work issues. The Masters of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) also includes two placements in a social welfare agency. Students are provided with the professional knowledge and skills relating to the theory and practice of social work.

Course Fee:

Australian: $43,040
International: $60,800

Entry Requirements:

Completion of an approved AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a discipline other than social work; or equivalent. Students must obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement and maintain currency of the same throughout their course.


48 credit points. This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake these placements away from the campus they are enrolled at, at their own expense. The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) also requires all students to demonstrate that they have attended 20 days of face-to-face, on-campus study during their course.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Further information:

For more information:


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Who for:

Students with an existing undergraduate degree wanting to undertake study leading to a professionally accredited social work degree

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Social Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Cairns No info Yes Full time 2 years
Cairns No info Yes Part time 4 years
Townsville No info No Part time 4 years
Townsville No info No Full time 2 years

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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