Master of Social Work

    • CRICOS Code: 061212E

    The experience


    Students of the Master of Social Work join the alumni of the longest running social work course in Victoria. A highly integrated practical and theoretical degree awaits those who choose to join the thousands who have graduated from this course, going on to leading roles in social work and the broader human services.

    The breadth and depth of course materials ensure students can work within any sector of social work post-graduation. Benefit from many opportunities to specialise your skills and interests through immersive placement experiences.

    Day-to-day learning and experience

    The two-year qualifying Master of Social Work offers a broad base for students who aspire to work in the field of social work, from individual counselling to policy development. Balancing a combination of  theory and practice, the Master allows you to absorb knowledge and apply it in practice from your very first semester.

    A strong integration between theory and practice strengthens your learning and practical skills throughout your time in the program. Opportunities exist for hands-on experience throughout the two years as you learn directly from educators researching and practicing in the field.

    Students will benefit from industry links through staff already in the sector or who have extensive industry experience. Through two, 14-week placement blocks, you will have opportunities to gain invaluable experience in key fields of practice, including child and family welfare, health and mental health, justice, disability, and community-based practice.


    The University of Melbourne’s Master of Social Work offers a clear path to a fulfilling career. By taking advantage of ongoing research opportunities in growing fields such as health and mental health, disability and family violence, you will be well positioned to make a genuine impact on the lives of others.

    Graduates of this program may also progress to higher study, including advanced practice degrees such as the Master of Advanced Social Work and research degrees including the Master of Advanced Social Work (Research), Master of Philosophy or the Doctor of Philosophy.

    Meet our students

    Ru, a Master of Social Work student

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    Ru started her Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne in 2019, after completing a Bachelor of Public Administration back home in China.

    "My favourite part of my course is that it has helped me develop empathy. Social work is a great job that facilitates and empowers people in need. To prepare us for [our] future careers, the Master of Social Work program offers classes that showed me what life is like for [different] people, as well as classes where I [can] improve my [communication] skills.  After taking those classes, I feel like I have become a better communicator both professionally and in my own life. I am able to stand in others’ shoes and avoid words that would possibly hurt others."

    Read about Lindiwe's experience:


    Lindiwe Mlalzi