Bachelor of Human Services / Master of Social Work

La Trobe University

With a focus on the promotion of human rights and social justice, this four-year degree incorporating a postgraduate qualification will give you the skills to contribute to a fairer and more equitable society. This qualifying social work course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to improve outcomes for individuals, groups and communities through direct practice, community development, developing social policy initiatives, research and evaluation. First year will consist of three interdisciplinary subjects, psychology, sociology and two social work subjects. In second year you'll look at social work theories and develop an understanding of community service organisations and the needs of individuals, families and groups. A crucial part of the course is La Trobe's social work field placement program. Under the supervision of an experienced social worker students complete a minimum of two 70-day placements, allowing them to put many of the skills they've acquired during first and second years into practice. During third and fourth years you'll focus on the development of interpersonal skills, community development practice, and research and program evaluation recognising the impact of structural features such as class, gender and race. The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.

Course Fee:

International: $157,500

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Working with Children check and Federal Police check; International students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


First year includes common subjects with Health Sciences peers. The focus is on factors influencing health and developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. Second year aims to develop skills specific to the discipline. Students will explore social work theories and develop an understanding of welfare agencies and the welfare needs of individuals, families and groups. Third and fourth years train students for practice and teach them to take a critical, analytical approach to social problems. Students will learn how to address change and complex issues in social work practice environments.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work theory and practice, diversity, Indigenous studies, ethics, sociology, welfare history, mental health, working with children, youth and families, child protection, psychology, casework, group work, community work, social policy, research, program design and evaluation.

Further information:

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. This course has a clinical component. You can study this course through our Regional Reward.


The Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Albury-Wodonga No info No Part time 8 years
Bendigo No info No Part time 8 years
Albury-Wodonga No info No Full time 4.5 years
Melbourne No info No Full time 4.5 years
Mildura No info No Part time 8 years
Melbourne No info No Part time 8 years
Mildura No info No Full time 4.5 years
Bendigo No info No Full time 4.5 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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