Qualifying Year (QY) Field Placements

Qualifying Year Field Placement Overview

The field placements provide opportunities for students to apply theories and skills in a practice setting. Under the supervision of the McGill Field Coordinator and a qualified field supervisor from the agency or organization, students gain practical experience working with diverse communities and populations.

QY Field Placement Objectives

The QY field placement aims to provide experiences to develop generalist social work practice skills and to prepare students for advanced practice opportunities at the MSW level.

Field Placement Expectations

  • Students are expected to be functional in French (comprehension, spoken, and written) for the field placement component of the program. Please note that the School of Social Work has a limited number of field placements for students who are not functionally bilingual. Students without proficiency in French will have limited local options and will likely need to complete their field placement in an out-of-province setting in the spring/summer semester. 

  • Field placements are a required part of the QY.

  • Students must be prepared to travel at least one hour to the field placement.

  • Students should consider field placement as opportunities to be challenged: to work with unfamiliar populations or issues.

  • QY students cannot do the field placement as a block placement unless an out-of province placement is required for students who are not-proficient in French.

  • Students are not permitted to do their field placement in an agency/setting in which they have previous work experience.

  • The School of Social work cannot guarantee specific placements or locations.


Field Practice courses are not awarded a letter grade, they are evaluated on a pass/fail basis