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RMIT University

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Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Become a social worker. Gain skills in the complex issues of human rights and social justice.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
4 years full-time
Course Code
BH105, 079596C
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
International Fees
$30,720 per year / $122,880 total

About this course

Do you want to work with people? Are you passionate about human rights and social justice?

Social workers promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities. They apply their interdisciplinary knowledge about Australian society, social problems and human needs to foster social change and transform lives.

RMIT University has been teaching social work for over 40 years, and courses continue to reflect contemporary ideas about social work and its place in a changing world.

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) graduates are resilient, outspoken members of society who advocate a fairer world for all. In your Honours year, you will have the opportunity to pursue a topic on interest in more depth through a traditional thesis or capstone project.

You will study courses including social work, social science and research. Field education forms a large component of the social work degree. You'll undertake 140 days of work placements within human service and community service organisations.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

Graduates are highly employable in human services organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government and increasingly in corporate and private enterprise.

Some graduates help to develop social policy; some engage in research; some assist communities develop their own services; and some provide services to individuals and families. In a social work career, there are ample opportunities to pursue different specialisations and interests.

With a working knowledge of social science, research and social work, graduates are eligible for a wide range of human services or community jobs in areas such as:

  • child protection
  • dispute mediation and industrial relations
  • health services and hospitals
  • human resource management
  • policy and advocacy work
  • community development projects
  • program and organisational development
  • immigration advice and referral centres
  • federal and state government departments (Centrelink, Department of Human Services)
  • youth and family services

Possible job titles include social worker, counsellor advocate, case manager, child protection officer, human resource manager, social policy officer, policy adviser, community worker, community development manager and mediator.

Credit for prior study or work

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.