Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Federation University

Be an advocate for social justice and human rights. Make a real difference to the lives of people in need. This program will prepare students to work across human and community services in government bodies, non-government organisations, community and health services no matter what their background. Students will become confident working with migrants, people with alcohol, drug and mental health problems and in palliative care, child protection, youth services and much more. They will be exposed to challenging real life situations through 140 days during their studies in social work settings, being mentored by experienced professionals in the field. Then, once they graduate, students can go on to be a qualified social worker, take up management positions or work in national or international policy development.

Course Fee:

International: $50,800

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of a relevant Bachelor degree in the past 10 years. Relevant Bachelor degree should have as a major discipline any of the following: social welfare, community work, sociology, psychology, nursing, education, criminal justice, international studies, indigenous studies. Current Police Check Working with Children's Check is required.


There are 10 core courses and two 70 day field placements. Students must complete all requirements, there are no electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Credit transfer will be in accordance with the AASW Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (2012) and is limited to graduates of ACWA approved degree programs, and transfers between AASW accredited Social Work programs. In accordance with the AASW recommended credit transfer for graduates of ACWA approved degree programs, the graduates of FedUni programs: the Bachelor of Arts (Rural Social Welfare), the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling (Churchill) and future graduates of the Bachelor of Community and Human Services will be eligible for exemptions of 25% or one semester of the program.

Further information:

6 hours of seminar time per fortnight


Provisional accreditation, which leads graduates to be eligible for memberships of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00103D

Related Careers:

Social Worker, Welfare Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Berwick No info No Part time 2 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Part time 2 years

Federation University Australia (FedUni) is one of the country’s leading universities, with an enviable reputation for teaching excellence and graduate employment rates.

Headquartered in regional Victoria, with campuses in Ballarat, Gippsland, the Wimmera and Berwick in Melbourne, FedUni’s standing is based on nearly 150 years of education delivery.

A new Berwick Campus caters for the growing south-east Melbourne area, while a new Brisbane Campus and student support centre in Malaysia cater to the international student market.

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Known for its supportive, inclusive environment, FedUni offers affordable study options (including online), learning assistance to help you stay at uni, small class sizes, friendly staff and accessible academic support. We are also one of few universities that offer free on-campus parking for students.

Our students have the opportunity to stay on campus with a range of residential options. The university places great emphasis on the quality of its teaching and learning, the student experience, and importantly, employability once you have graduated.

As a dual-sector university, we deliver a range of programs through higher education and TAFE, and have the ability to find the right pathway for your success.

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