Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

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.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
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2 years
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course

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.

  • Social worker

Professional social work positions in hospitals, community health care, child protection, justice, community development, local government, government policy, social research, advocacy and many more.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

MSWPG7101, 15 credit points
MSWPG7102, 15 credit points

Semester 2

Semester 3

MSWPG7210, 15 credit points

Semester 4

MSWPG7106, 45 credit points
MSWPG7115, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

MSWPG7203, 15 credit points

Semester 3

MSWPG7205, 15 credit points
MSWPG7211, 15 credit points

Semester 4

MSWPG7208, 45 credit points
7 hours of seminar time per fortnight for one course. We require students to attend fortnightly face-to-face seminars for all scheduled courses in the program.
This program requires a total of 980 placement hours, across 104 weeks.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)


Successful completion of a relevant* Bachelor degree with a 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.

Extra Requirements

Current Police Check

Working with Children's Check

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HW9

CRICOS code: 085213F

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$7,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Travel for field placement during your studies, Working with Children Check, Police Check, books and  materials.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways into this program may include a recognised Bachelor Degree in social science, social welfare, or community and human services work and/or completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services.  Please contact the university for further details and to discuss your current academic qualifications.

Fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers(AASW).


Professional Experience

Professional experience field education placements take place at the end of both the first and second years. This professional experience provides the minimum supervised practice requirement (2 x 70 days = 140 days). However, some applicants may be able to apply for credit/RPL for some or the entire first field education placement if they have completed a 70 day supervised field placement during their undergraduate studies.

Credits/Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer will be in accordance with the AASW Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (2020). Further information about credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be found through contacting the Program Coordinator.

Delivery format

The program will be delivered sequentially, that is, one course at a time over a period of 6-8 weeks per course. Learning materials and activities will be available for each course online via the FedUni moodle and there will be fortnightly seminars on Fridays for each course. Seminars will be held on-campus from 9.30am - 3.30pm on Fridays (each course outline and moodle will set out the dates of seminars in advance).


A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Arts

Course coordinator

Tejaswini Patil Vishwanath