Study social work and gender-based violence

Make an impact on the lives of others

Register for updates

Promote social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of women and broader society. Preventing and intervening in gender-based violence, and researching and evaluating ways of doing so, are important policy priorities for governments both in Australia and internationally.

All our courses listed below are underpinned by a common agenda that places social justice and wellbeing at the centre of what we do. Whether you’re looking to deepen your skillset or change career focus, we have a course to suit your needs and schedule.

Designed to equip graduates with the skills to work in various facets of social work practice, including casework, counselling, advocacy and community engagement. *accredited nationally by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time. On campus (Parkville).

Learn more

Gain knowledge of adolescent health and development, prevention frameworks and skills to work more effectively with individuals and populations in schools and communities, and within health services. Duration 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time. On campus (Parkville). 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time. On campus (Parkville).

Learn more

Gain knowledge of adolescent health and development, prevention frameworks and skills to work more effectively with individuals and populations in schools and communities, and within health services.  1 year full-time / 2 years part-time,  online.

Learn more

Gain knowledge of adolescent health and development, prevention frameworks and skills to work more effectively with individuals and populations in schools and communities, and within health services. 1 year part-time, online.

Learn more

Explore up-to-date evidence, knowledge and practice related to domestic and gender-based violence prevention, intervention, research and evaluation. 1 year part-time, online.

Learn more

Push the boundaries of your knowledge, understand and benefit from evidence-informed practice to effectively respond to the problems that affect individuals, families, communities and organisations. 2 years part-time, online.

Learn more

Push the boundaries of your knowledge, understand and benefit from evidence-informed practice to effectively respond to the problems that affect individuals, families, communities and organisations. 1 year part-time, online.

Learn more

Gain advanced skills relevant to social work practice and social policy and addresses the complex and growing challenges faced by this sector. 2 years part-time, online.

Learn more

Gain advanced skills relevant to social work practice and social policy and addresses the complex and growing challenges faced by this sector. 1 year part-time, online.

Learn more

Delivered as a joint initiative with The Dulwich Centre, an international centre for narrative therapy training, established by internationally-renowned social worker and narrative therapist Michael White in 1984. 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time, online.

Learn more

Developed in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation, you’ll be equipped to contribute to the overall health and well-being of children and young people. 6 months part-time, online.

Learn more

Why study health?

  • #1 University in Australia and #14 in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health
  • Benefit from industry links and research networks, including the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) and the global kNOwVAWdata Community of Practice (a collaboration between The University of Melbourne and the United Nations Population Fund), and the Starlight Children’s Foundation

*Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings

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.

Julie Green


“Inclusion and diversity are key values for me, so when choosing a course, I was also looking to see how this was catered for. To my great delight, one of the very first subjects I would study at Melbourne was Social Work Practice: Indigenous Peoples, and the staff for this subject are First Nation peoples. The University also has a very good student placement program the staff had great contacts with lots of different agencies and organisations across the sector.”

focus-top-left focus-bottom-right