Master of Social Work

The UOW Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make important contributions to the betterment of people and communities. You’ll be ready to promote social change and development and make a difference in the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.

Get up to 75% off your fees in 2024

In 2024, the Government will pay up to 75% of the course fees for eligible Domestic students studying the UOW Master of Social Work (Qualifying). There’s never been a better time to get started on your next qualification. Speak with our course experts to find out more.


The Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) can be studied over two years full-time (four subjects per semester). You can also choose to study part-time and work at your own pace. Students who are working full-time often study part-time, choosing to complete one to two subjects per semester, taking four years to complete the full degree.


The Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) requires the successful completion of 96 credit points.

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.



SessionCampusSession Details
2023 Autumn (Feb)


South Western Sydney


Orientation: 21 Feb - 22 Feb 2023
Session: 27 Feb – 22 Jun 2023

Master of Social Work

Campus Course Fee*
Wollongong, South Western Sydney $17,890 (2024)

The above tuition fees are the amount payable for a Commonwealth supported place.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are University places where, for eligible domestic students, tuition fees are made up of two parts:

  • an Australian Government contribution (for some courses, up to three-quarters of the tuition fee is funded by the Australian Government)
  • a student contribution (which may be deferred and repaid later via a HECS-HELP loan)

To be eligible for this fee subsidy, you must meet the following criteria: Be a domestic student, i.e. an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a permanent Australian Humanitarian visa holder.

 *Total indicative course tuition fees shown is for a Commonwealth supported place. These fees are based on normal course length and progression and are subject to change from year to year. For up to date information on course structure and fees, refer to the UOW Course Handbook.



You can choose to study the Master of Social Work on campus in Wollongong or Liverpool.

When you study ‘on campus’ you will attend classes on campus between Monday and Friday, but you can often choose class times outside business hours to help you organise study around your other commitments. UOW integrates online learning into all of our subjects so the time spent on campus is spent strengthening your understanding and practising your skills.

On campus study provides face-to-face interaction with our passionate lecturers and teachers and means that you have a greater opportunity to network with your classmates.

Hands-on experience in professional practice

Make important contributions to the betterment of people and communities.

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I chose to study social work because i had a really keen interest in understanding how to create positive change and also looking for ways of tackling disadvantage injustice and inequality.
Our social work students will be great at understanding the realities of the world around them.
Our social work students will have a bigger picture understanding of what it means to be a social worker and to respond proactively and effectively to social and welfare needs across the community.
I think that it creates this really unique opportunity to engage in different challenges on a day-to-day basis but you begin to see these challenges as really amazing opportunities for change. It's about getting our social work students to understand the complexities of society and how we as social workers can assist in making those changes and making those differences a couple of the real world experiences.
I've had a chance to partake in have been with my two professional placements. So on my first placement I was with a multicultural organization that was
working primarily with people from refugee and refugee life backgrounds and in my second placement with a community health organization working with people experiencing domestic violence and it's through those particular placements that they also develop a interest in a particular area of social work they see themselves possibly going into.
Before we went on placement we were given the opportunity to participate in simulation labs which gives you a really unique opportunity to watch back your practice and then reflect on that and unpack it with your peers and it really gives you a chance to explore your practice style before going out into the field.
So students are put into the placements not to just observe and you know, get coffee - they're actually there to actually work in those agencies which then
provides them with those skills that they then develop and then they can take with them when they finish their social work degree
I think a highlight for me has been the incredible support that you have throughout the degree, whether that's from your academics, people in community organizations and especially from your peers. When you're going through such a challenging experience, you really band together and I think that's one of
the things that makes social work such an amazing thing to study and a really strong discipline.
The future looks bright for our social work students, they will go into a career that enables them to have job satisfaction that what they are doing is making a difference, that what they are doing will matter that will create opportunities for those that are having a tough time in society to to move beyond those circumstances.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

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