Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

Be an advocate for social justice and human rights. Make a real difference to the lives of people in need. Excel in your career in one of the fastest growing professions.You might be a new graduate looking for a clear career path or an experienced social worker wanting to take the next step in your professional life. Or perhaps you are ready for a career change and want to step into social work. Whatever your background, we'll prepare you to work across human and community services in government bodies, non-government organisations, community and health services and more. You'll become confident working with migrants, people with alcohol, drug and mental health problems and in palliative care, child protection, youth services and much more. You'll be exposed to challenging real life situations through 140 days during your studies in social work settings, being mentored by experienced professionals in the field. Then, once you graduate, you can go on to be a qualified social worker, take up management positions or work in national or international policy development.This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification, and is an entry qualification into the social work profession. It has been deemed to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.


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


  • Social work

Standard entry requirements

Entry requirements (year 12) Entry requirements (non year 12) Successful completion of a relevant *Bachelor degree with at least one year of study, or the equivalent of full time studies in social and behavioural sciences. *Relevant Bachelor degrees should have at least one year of study in any of the following disciplines:• Human welfare studies and services which includes social work, youth work, community work, welfare studies and counselling;• Behavioural science which includes psychology or behavioural science;• Studies in human society which includes sociology, anthropology, Indigenous studies or gender specific studies;• Or other disciplines such as political science, policy studies, family law, justice administration, legal studies, family and consumer studies, education with a focus on welfare, public health, health promotion, community health, public health, mental health nursing or community nursing or Successful completion of a related Bachelor degree with four relevant units (equal to 0.5 EFTSL) and successful completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services. Extra Requirements Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation: Working with Children Check is compulsory. Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Police record check is compulsory. Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. Students undertaking placement at some agencies will be required to undertake a NDIS Work Screening Check. National Police Record Checks and NDIS Working Screen Checks are at the student’s own expense.


Provisional accreditation, which leads graduates to be eligible for memberships of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).This qualification has been assessed as being an equivalent qualification for the purposes of the Mandatory Minimum Qualifications policy for employment in specialist family violence practitioner roles in Victoria.

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 courses, and transfers between AASW accredited Social Work programs. In accordance with the AASW recommended credit transfer for graduates of ACWA approved degrees, graduates of Federation's: 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 course.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Berwick International: $56,280 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $56,280 Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years

Further information

6 hours of seminar time per fortnight

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