Bachelor of Human Services / Master of Social Work

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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.


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.


  • 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.

Standard 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.


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

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo International: $157,500 No
  • Part-time : 8 years
  • Full-time : 4 years
Melbourne International: $157,500 No
  • Part-time : 8 years
  • Full-time : 4 years
Albury-Wodonga International: $157,500 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Mildura International: $157,500 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

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.

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