About Social work

From entry-to-practice training to post-qualifying specialisations, our educational and research programs are underpinned by a common agenda that places social justice and wellbeing at the centre.

Benefit from our research-led teaching that allows you to apply the most relevant theory to your social work practice.

Our state-of-the-art facilities and clinical education and fieldwork placements give you access to the best possible practical experience.

Discover how to become a Social Worker

Do you want to address societal disadvantages? Social work is a broad field and can lead to work in many different settings. Learn more about the pathways available to become a social worker.

Graduate degree pathways

Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Why study at the University of Melbourne

A meaningful career

A meaningful career

Study pressing social issues to inform and shape public policies to reduce social disadvantage and improve people’s everyday lives.

Taught by leading experts

Taught by leading experts

The course is led by highly qualified, experienced, research-active academics, with strong ties to the profession and community services.

Industry links

Industry links

Through placements gain invaluable experience in key fields of practice, including child and family welfare, health and mental health, justice, disability, and community-based practice.

Hear from our students

Find out what motivated our current students to choose Melbourne, and the impact studying with us has had on their lives and careers.

We do a research project at the end of every placement, and with [my last] one I found the volunteers meant a lot.

Lindiwe Mlalzi – Master of Social Work

Talk to us

Please speak to our expert staff to discover more about our learning opportunities and get support with your application.