Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

University of New England UNE

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00003G

The program provides graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional social worker and eligibility to become a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Social Workers typically work with disadvantaged and marginalised individuals, groups, and communities within a social justice framework in counselling, advocacy, and the enhancement of quality of life. Social workers work toward addressing barriers, inequality and injustices faced by many groups and sub-groups in our community. Social work education is grounded within a framework that examines the interface of and between human behaviour and complex social interactions. While covering all the core requirements of a professional social work degree, this course provides students with a rural focussed program, with additional foci on Indigenous peoples, child protection and law. The course incorporates the mandatory supervised professional fieldwork experience in relevant social work settings and is available to students to study either on campus or online, with periodic compulsory intensive face-to-face classes for students who learn by distance.


96 credit points (equivalent to 16 standard units) including core coursework units, a capstone project, a choice of listed units and 1000 hours of fieldwork. The program incorporates the mandatory supervised professional fieldwork experience in relevant social work settings.


  • Social work

Standard entry requirements

A 3-year undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work from a recognised University, with relevant credit points. All students must meet the University's English Language Requirements.


The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). On graduation students will be required to meet additional English Language requirements for eligibility for membership of the AASW.

Study pathways

Students may be eligible for credit (advanced standing) for previously completed studies and work experience.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
UNE Armidale (main campus) Domestic: $46,400
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Further information

All students must complete and provide a Criminal Records Check, working with Children Check, and appropriate vaccinations as required for field placements. This is an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy.

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