Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

University of New England (UNE)

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

Social workers address the barriers, inequality and injustices faced by many disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and groups in our community. UNE's Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is designed for people who wish to change their career direction, or for those already working in the community services who wish to boost their career trajectory.If you have a passion for social justice and human rights, and you already hold an undergraduate degree that includes the equivalent of one-year full-time study (potentially 48 credit points (8 units) or equivalent — depending on the university), our Master's course will build on your existing knowledge to provide you with the practical and theoretical skills for a career in the growing and dynamic field of professional social work.


To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including 1000 hours of fieldwork and 48 credit points at 500-level.


  • Social work

Standard entry requirements

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 the 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.


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

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Online Campus International: $58,688 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
UNE Armidale (main campus) International: $58,688 Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Fee comments

Campuses: UNE Armidale (main campus).

Note that this course is offered to international students on campus with admission in Trimester 1, and by offshore external study only in Trimester 2. CSP quotas apply.

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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