Contemporary social workers need contemporary skills to respond meaningfully to social problems. Our Master of Social Work (Qualifying) has been redesigned after direct industry feedback to reflect current and emerging practice trends in the profession.
The newly updated course with specialisation options will give you key skills in ethical, innovative and collaborative social work practice.
The new curriculum will equip you with advanced knowledge of social work research principles and methods. It also includes 1,000 hours of supervised professional placement, and students are encouraged to take part in additional project and research work with communities and industry.
You will graduate as a creative and ethical communicator who respectfully uses knowledge to meet the needs of diverse social work client groups, communities and organisations. You will be able to respond to social justice and human rights challenges in ways that are culturally sensitive, principled, and effective.
Students who commenced the Master of Social Work (R7N) in 2018 or earlier should refer to the entry for that course code and relevant year.
- Initiate improvements to services, policies and professional accountability in social work through the innovative application of critical analysis, research and culturally relevant knowledge.
- Maximise ways of decolonising social work knowledge, frameworks and practices to address inequality and injustice in ways that promote social sustainability policies and goals.
- Construct communication strategies that can respond to the needs and capacities of diverse social work client groups, communities, and organisations.
- Propose leadership approaches for social work that are collaborative, cooperative and useful in micro, meso and macro contexts.
- Develop ethical social work research and practice-based responses to local, national and global social justice and human rights challenges.
- Design practical solutions that can contribute to the decolonising agenda in social work in a sustainable way by using creative, entrepreneurial, and relational approaches.
You will need to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of professional experience placement, equivalent to 2 x 14 weeks full-time. Depending on the organisation and where you are at in your degree, there will be opportunities of 5, 4 or 3 day per week placements.
The University will set up the agreement and match you to a suitable organisation. You will also have the opportunity to be provided with rural and remote experiences in the north and northwest.
Before you begin placement, you will need to attend preparation seminars and a placement interview. You will be allocated a field educator/social worker, with a minimum of 2 years full time equivalent post-graduation experience in the field. Your professional placement experience provides you with the opportunity to learn how to translate theories of social work into practice.
It is possible in some circumstances for students to complete a placement in their place of work.
Recognition of Prior Learning is possible for the first placement. Students who are given RPL for the first placement are unable to complete the final placement in their place of employment.
The skills and expertise our Social Work graduates gain equips them for a diverse range of rewarding careers, including:
- child safety practitioner
- social worker
- project manager
- youth worker
- mental health practitioner
- policy analyst and advisor
- community development worker
- migrant and refugee settlement workers
- case manager
- drug and alcohol counsellor
- palliative care social worker
- relationships counsellor
- disability advocate.
The University of Tasmania’s newly designed Master of Social Work (Qualifying) program is being reviewed for accreditation by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) against the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).
Our qualifying degree in Social Work has been designed improve employability and meet the needs of the sector. The course learning outcomes are aligned with the Australian Social Work Education Accreditation Standards (2012/2015) and the Australian Association of Social Workers Practice Standards (2013)*.
Applicants for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) degree will have:
- a completed three year degree other than social work from the University of Tasmania or a recognised university in a related field with relevant units in the social and behavioural sciences (psychology, nursing, education, arts);
- a completed degree (or equivalent) in a non-related field. They will be required to complete 8 x 12.5% units of the BSW(Hons), which includes 4 required 200 level units (Discipline and Degree Core Knowledge units) and 4 electives (Experience and Engagement units) that include at least one unit with a focus on studies of the individual/behavioural science.
The English proficiency requirement for entry to the MSW(Q) will be an IELTS overall score of 7 with each band no less than 6.5.
Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Head of Social Work.
Passes in subjects or units in courses (completed or otherwise) at another approved tertiary institution may be credited towards the degree, provided that the College may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.
Fees & scholarships
Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.
International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.
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