Course overview

This course has intakes in all terms. View Key Dates for upcoming terms, application dates and important deadlines.

Full-time duration Part-time duration Core subjects Elective Subjects Capstone subject Total course fee*
N/A 2 years 1 5 1 A$25,912

*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.

Upcoming terms

The Master of Advanced Social Work provides social workers with higher skills relevant to social work practice and social policy and addresses the complex and growing challenges faced by this sector.

If you want to have a more profound impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society, develop leadership skills and connections in the community and health and services sector and undertake a course suited to your area of interest or expertise, then this course is for you.

If you’re not a qualified social worker, but you have an undergraduate degree in a field related to health and human services, you can study one of our Health and Human Services courses.

Course aims

This course is designed to prepare social workers for leadership and specialist roles in the health, mental health and human services sector. By undertaking this course, you will push the boundaries of knowledge, understand and benefit from evidence-informed practice to effectively respond to the problems that affect individuals, families, communities and organisations. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of knowledge, policy and research as it relates your practice, while learning from leading academics who conduct evidence-based research in the fields of health, mental health, child and family welfare, ageing, social policy, policy evaluation and leadership.

Who the course is for

This course is for qualified social workers at varying stages of their careers, including recent graduates, established practitioners and those seeking to advance their careers or move into a new field of professional practice.

Career outcomes

According to projections, the health and community services sector will grow more rapidly than any other in the next five years** This will create demand for high-calibre health, community services and social workers, a trend that is echoed internationally. The Advanced Social Work course allows you to take advantage of this demand.

As a graduate of this course, you will have developed the ability to engage in a critical reflection of your own practice and be able to lead effectively in this sector, with the capabilities and skills to build important connections between people and organisations.

**Australian Government, Department of Employment, 2016 Industry Employment Projections Report.

What you will learn

  • Advanced knowledge and skills for working with individuals, families, communities and organisations

  • Policy and practice as it relates to psychosocial practice

  • The skills and confidence to lead in this sector

Who you will learn from

Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

  • Dr Ralph Hampson
    Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Master of Advanced Social Work and Master of Health and Human Services
  • Professor Louise Harms
    Professor Louise Harms, Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Social Work
  • Professor Aron Shlonsky
    Professor Aron Shlonsky, Professor of Evidence Informed Practice
  • Professor Cathy Humphreys
    Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work
  • Professor Lynette Joubert
    Professor Lynette Joubert, Professor - Direct Practice, Social Work
  • Professor Marie Connolly
    Professor Marie Connolly, Head of Department, Social Work
  • Dr Nicole Hill
    Dr Nicole Hill, Lecturer - Social Work Field Education

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    • Time commitment required for each subject
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