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.
90 credit points
Complete the following units:
Foundations for Mental Health Practice (HLTH510) – 6 credit points
Capstone Project (HLTH554A) – 6 credit points
Social Work Through the LifeSpan (HSSW305) – 6 credit points
Disadvantage and Service Provision (HSSW400) – 6 credit points
Social Work Direct Practice Skills (HSSW401) – 6 credit points
Fieldwork 1 (HSSW450) – 18 credit points
Juvenile Justice and Child Protection (HSSW504) – 6 credit points
Social Work Intervention Models and Skills (HSSW510) – 6 credit points
Groups and Communities (HSSW511) – 6 credit points
Human Rights, the Law and Social Justice (HSSW513) – 6 credit points
Fieldwork 2 (HSSW550) – 18 credit points
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.
Candidates who have not completed one year of study of social science units but have completed a health/allied health or physical science degree should complete:
at least 6 credit points (1 unit or equivalent) of studies in Sociology; and
at least 6 credit points (1 unit or equivalent) of studies in Social Policy.
Such candidates may be permitted to enrol and complete the pre-requisite units concurrently while enrolling in the approved units for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying).
Where a candidate holds an international qualification in social work that does not meet the Australian Association of Social Workers eligibility for membership, admission may be sought to the degree through permission from the Social Work Course Coordinator. However, the candidate will be individually responsible for contacting the Australian Association of Social Workers regarding eligibility for membership based on their individual circumstances.
Our social work graduates are in demand in Australia and overseas in rewarding and challenging careers. Choose the direction you want to take, with strong projected future growth in the field.
Social workers are employed in a diverse range of government, non-government and community agencies such as:
hospitals and community health centres
early intervention, child protection programs and family support services
justice and human rights
community development and advocacy agencies.
With the emphasis on skill development and continuing lifelong education, a postgraduate social work degree from UNE will position you at the forefront of change and innovation, and can lead to opportunities in management, education, research, policy development, politics and community planning.