Social Work (Qualifying)

Welcome to the current students website for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying). Information for prospective students – including application information and enrolment procedures – can be found under the Future students section of the faculty's website.

The program prepares students who have non-social-work bachelor's degrees for work in an environment that is complex, diverse and changing. Human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work, according to the International Federation of Social Work definition of the profession. In response to this, the faculty's program is designed to produce graduates who are reflective, versatile and skilled in a range of practice areas and able to translate professional values into action.

From these pages you will find useful information about your graduate-entry program, including:

  • units of study

  • course completion requirements

  • course structure

  • faculty staff associated with the teaching and administration of the course.

Further detailed information about course structure is available online via the Education and Social Work Undergraduate and Graduate Entry Handbook.


Field Education

Detailed information about the field-education component of undergraduate and graduate-entry degrees in social work is available from the Social Work Field Education section of the faculty's website. The information below relates specifically to the field-education component of the MSW(Q). To qualify with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) as an accredited training program, education providers must include 140 seven-hour days of supervised field education in their curricula. In the MSW(Q), Practice Learning 1 (SCWK5004) provides 60 days of field education and Practice Learning 2A (SCWK5005) and 2B (SCWK5006) provide a total of 80 days.

Practice Learning 1 (SCWK5004)

Thus unit of study is offered in Semester Two each year. Students must have completed the unit Social Work Practice (SCWK5010) in order to progress to this field education unit of study. AASW’s policy, Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (pdf, 454kB), allows students with relevant prior experience to apply for "recognition of prior learning" for all, or part, of this placement. Applicants must prepare a portfolio of their experience, which will be assessed during Semester One by the director of field education and MSW(Q) program co-directors.

Practice Learning 2A (SCWK5005) and 2B(SCWK5006)

This field placement comprises two parts and requires the completion of 80 days' supervised field practice. Because most students in the MSW(Q) are in employment, we negotiate with students and field educators to provide the most flexible structure for student needs. For example, it is possible to undertake the placement over the full year at two days a week (including a minimum 10-day block), or as a block, five days a week for 16 weeks. You must enrol in both Practice Learning 2A and Practice Learning 2B at the commencement of Semester One of the year in which you intend to do your second field placement. If you do not enrol in both units at the start of the academic year, you will not be able to undertake your placement that year.