Social Work

Why study Social Work?

Our postgraduate coursework program is for graduates of other disciplines who wish to move into social work from a related area. We offer a Master qualification and two specialised courses in child and family practice. You will be prepared for key social work roles in community work, social policy, social research, and organisational planning and administration. Our curriculum is based on a social justice philosophy and you will develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in complex organisations. Practical placement allows you to gain valuable practical skills and experience in the field.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Social workers are employed in a range of social policy, community and direct practice areas in public and non-government agencies. Areas include hospitals and community based health services, disability, substance abuse, child protection and family care, aged care, indigenous support, housing services, mental health, family services, psychiatric services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, local government, community work, social justice advocacy, and counselling services.

Courses

Local students

2016 - apply now

Master of Social Work

Duration :
2 years full-time or 3-4 years part time.
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Mildura
Year
2016
Course description
La Trobes Master of Social Work is for graduates of other disciplines who wish to move into social work from a related area. The course will prepare you to work in direct practice, social policy, social research, organisational planning and administration, and to conduct effective community work.

Studying with passionate students from a range of disciplines, our program will encourage you to draw on your relevant experience and challenge the way you think. Throughout the course, youll be guided by highly qualified teaching staff with a wealth of industry experience. Youll make new contacts, grow your networks, and acquire the skills youll need to step into a professional practice career in social work.

Our curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice. Youll develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in a range of social policy, community and direct practice areas in the government, community and private sectors.

Practical placements allow you to gain valuable skills and experience in the field by working alongside professionals. In each year of your course, youll complete a 70-day block placement during which youll be supervised by a qualified social worker and will work towards developing the skills required for professional practice. You might even choose to complete your placement overseas with one of our partner organisations in Fiji, Timor Leste, Macau, or the Philippines.

Youll have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields of practice including community development, advocacy, research, mental health, education, child and family, disability, health and youth.

As a graduate, you can choose to move into areas such as hospitals and community based health services, disability, substance abuse, child protection and family care, aged care, housing services, mental health, family services, psychiatric services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, local government, community work, social justice advocacy and counselling services.

Our course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

You can study the course for two years full-time or three to four years part-time at our Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne and Mildura campuses.
Professional recognition
This course has been accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), so our graduates are eligible for membership of the professional social work body.
Prerequisite
- Bachelor's degree
- A minimum grade average of 70 per cent
- Preferably with studies in arts, social sciences, psychology, teaching, nursing or business-related areas.
Fee amount
Indicative (2016): $20,200 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Approximate costs include textbooks (available from the La Trobe Co-op bookshop at approximately A$70-$100 per text), which remain students' personal property. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$16 (for a student with a Victorian residential address) or A$42 (for a student with a residential address outside of Victoria) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). There is a nominal cost for a passport size photo required for WWC check as well as a name badge to be worn on placement (approximately A$10). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, some students may be required to provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
Course commencement is early February 2015.
La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.
Students must obtain a National Police Check (or equivalent) and Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical professional placements.

Please note that professional placements are unpaid and may be located in metropolitan or rural areas, interstate or overseas. Students may be required to do their placement outside semesters. For more information about clinical placements, visit our website
How to apply

Applications for Semester 1, 2016 are now closed.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
Social Work (Master)Melbourne
Social Work (Master)Bendigo
Social Work (Master)Mildura
Social Work (Master)Albury-Wodonga

2017

Master of Social Work

Duration :
2 years full-time or 3-4 years part time.
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Mildura
Year
2017
Course description
La Trobes Master of Social Work is for graduates of other disciplines who wish to move into social work from a related area. The course will prepare you to work in direct practice, social policy, social research, organisational planning and administration, and to conduct effective community work.

Studying with passionate students from a range of disciplines, our program will encourage you to draw on your relevant experience and challenge the way you think. Throughout the course, youll be guided by highly qualified teaching staff with a wealth of industry experience. Youll make new contacts, grow your networks, and acquire the skills youll need to step into a professional practice career in social work.

Our curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice. Youll develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in a range of social policy, community and direct practice areas in the government, community and private sectors.

Practical placements allow you to gain valuable skills and experience in the field by working alongside professionals. In each year of your course, youll complete a 70-day block placement during which youll be supervised by a qualified social worker and will work towards developing the skills required for professional practice. You might even choose to complete your placement overseas with one of our partner organisations in Fiji, Timor Leste, Macau, or the Philippines.

Youll have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields of practice including community development, advocacy, research, mental health, education, child and family, disability, health and youth.

As a graduate, you can choose to move into areas such as hospitals and community based health services, disability, substance abuse, child protection and family care, aged care, housing services, mental health, family services, psychiatric services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, local government, community work, social justice advocacy and counselling services.

Our course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

You can study the course for two years full-time or three to four years part-time at our Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne and Mildura campuses.
Professional recognition
This course has been accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), so our graduates are eligible for membership of the professional social work body.
Prerequisite
- Bachelor's degree
- A minimum grade average of 70 per cent
- Preferably with studies in arts, social sciences, psychology, teaching, nursing or business-related areas.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $18,880 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Approximate costs include textbooks (available from the La Trobe Co-op bookshop at approximately A$70-$100 per text), which remain students' personal property. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$16 (for a student with a Victorian residential address) or A$42 (for a student with a residential address outside of Victoria) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). There is a nominal cost for a passport size photo required for WWC check as well as a name badge to be worn on placement (approximately A$10). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, some students may be required to provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
Course commencement is early February 2015.
La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.
Students must obtain a National Police Check (or equivalent) and Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical professional placements.

Please note that professional placements are unpaid and may be located in metropolitan or rural areas, interstate or overseas. Students may be required to do their placement outside semesters. For more information about clinical placements, visit our website
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details

0Melbourne
0Bendigo
0Mildura
0Albury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

2017

Master of Social Work (074028J)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 370
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Mildura
Year
2017
Course description
La Trobes Master of Social Work is for graduates of other disciplines who wish to move into social work from a related area. The course will prepare you to work in direct practice, social policy, social research, organisational planning and administration, and to conduct effective community work.

Studying with passionate students from a range of disciplines, our program will encourage you to draw on your relevant experience and challenge the way you think. Throughout the course, youll be guided by highly qualified teaching staff with a wealth of industry experience. Youll make new contacts, grow your networks, and acquire the skills youll need to step into a professional practice career in social work.

Our curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice. Youll develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in a range of social policy, community and direct practice areas in the government, community and private sectors.

Practical placements allow you to gain valuable skills and experience in the field by working alongside professionals. In each year of your course, youll complete a 70-day block placement during which youll be supervised by a qualified social worker and will work towards developing the skills required for professional practice. You might even choose to complete your placement overseas with one of our partner organisations in Fiji, Timor Leste, Macau, or the Philippines.

Youll have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields of practice including community development, advocacy, research, mental health, education, child and family, disability, health and youth.

As a graduate, you can choose to move into areas such as hospitals and community based health services, disability, substance abuse, child protection and family care, aged care, housing services, mental health, family services, psychiatric services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, local government, community work, social justice advocacy and counselling services.

Our course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

You can study the course for two years full-time or three to four years part-time at our Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne and Mildura campuses.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree, completed in the past five years
(or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant studies include health, human or social sciences.
Additional costs
Approximate costs include textbooks (available from the La Trobe Co-op bookshop at approximately A$70-$100 per text), which remain students' personal property. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$16 (for a student with a Victorian residential address) or A$42 (for a student with a residential address outside of Victoria) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). There is a nominal cost for a passport size photo required for WWC check as well as a name badge to be worn on placement (approximately A$10). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, some students may be required to provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
Applicants must also submit a Supplementary Form.
Professional recognition
This course has been accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), so our graduates are eligible for membership of the professional social work body.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Social Work (Master)Melbourne
Social Work (Master)Bendigo
Social Work (Master)Mildura
Social Work (Master)Albury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Master of Social Work (graduate level program)

Alternative pathways

Students from different academic backgrounds may be eligible for entry into our Master of Social Work - Graduate Entry.

Social Work placements

Working alongside experienced professionals is a critical part of your Social Work education. In each of the final two years of your course you will complete a 70 day block placement. Here you will be supervised by a qualified and experienced social worker and will work towards developing the skills required for professional practice. You will have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields of practice including community development, advocacy, research, mental health, education, child and family, disability, health and youth.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

You can apply to take one placement overseas. We have partnerships with a number of international organisations in countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and China.

Specialised courses in Child and Family Practice

These courses are offered jointly by La Trobe University, The Bouverie Centre and the Department of Human Services, in partnership with the University of Melbourne School of Social Work, Berry Street Take Two and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and have been designed for people working in the child protection and family services sector in Victoria (including Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations) who hold a degree or the equivalent and have a minimum of two years' experience in child and family practice experience. Life and work experience will be taken into consideration for applicants with no formal tertiary education.

These courses are funded by the Department of Human Services which pays for course fees and materials.

The Graduate Certificate is for experienced practitioners keen to further develop their understanding of context while extending their conceptual range and direct skills in child and family practice.

The Graduate Diploma is designed for supervisors and frontline managers who want to become more confident and effective leaders in the child and family sector. This program is not scheduled for further intakes.

2015 Intake

Applications for the 2015 Graduate Certificate program will open shortly. The 2015 contact dates will be released when confirmed.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Social Work.