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Social Work

Now more than ever, social workers are needed to improve lives and combat inequality.

Our Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (Professional and Research Specialisations) has been designed from industry feedback to reflect the latest trends.

The newly updated honours-level course exceeds professional accreditation standards, and gives you key skills in ethical, innovative and collaborative practice. We’ll teach you to respond to social justice and human rights challenges in ways that are culturally sensitive, principled, and effective.

You’ll take part in important research and graduate ready to meet the needs of diverse social work client groups, communities and organisations.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Undergraduate Certificate in Social Care

6 months, 1 year max

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Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

4 years min, 9 years max
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast* CRICOS 098280K

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Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

2 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast* CRICOS 098281J

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*Cradle Coast students should note they are required to attend a series of workshops in Launceston for two units: Social Innovation and Sustainability and 21st Century Social Work and Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Work.

Our program provides a highly interactive and supportive learning environment in each region of Tasmania.

Graduate a creative and ethical communicator, able to respond to social justice and human rights challenges.

74.4% of recent University of Tasmania of Social Work (Honours) graduates found full-time employment.


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Course breakdown

Completion of the Bachelor of Social Work requires 400 credit points including:

  • 200 credit points of Degree Core Knowledge
  • 100 credit points of Studies of the Individual and Studies of Society.
  • 100 credit points from the Research* or Professional Honours pathway.

*Entry into the research pathway is by invitation only.

Career outcomes

Becoming an agent for change

“The social work program at the University of Tasmania has equipped me with necessary skills, valuable knowledge and practical experiences to become an agent of positive change. Thanks to the learning and training I received in the program, I successfully landed a permanent full-time job at a Government TAFE in Melbourne, supporting international students with their welfare needs and counselling.”

Read more about Coby's story

Health care and social assistance is projected to grow 15% by May 2024*.

*ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Study Experiences

In the right headspace

“I wanted to work with youth – particularly those more disadvantaged and stuck within a cycle within the system. Rather than keep them in that system, I saw social work as a way of helping them get out of it.” Ella’s time at University was vital in helping her develop the skills and connections that would help her in the future.

Read more about Ella's story

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.