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- Master of Social Work
Our Master of Social Work (MSW) offers you an outstanding postgraduate course of study, preparing you for professional practice in a diverse range of social work contexts Student life and experience as a Social Work student>View
Leading research that impacts locally, nationally and internationally.
School Research Themes
The School has clustered the broad array of research activities in its five departments into six Research Themes which cross the boundaries of disciplines and settings. While each area is distinct, a common characteristic is a focus on disease prevention and the promotion and protection of health and wellbeing.View
The Department is committed to improving social justice through the development and use of evidence by undertaking meaningful, applied research that addresses some of society's most pressing social concerns. To that end, researchers use a broad range of methodologies – from large database analytics and quantitative enquiry, to qualitative research that draws upon the experiences of individuals, groups and communities – across five different research groups.View
Building on the strong reputation of the University of Melbourne as a research intensive university, the Department creates opportunities for its students to achieve research excellence and leadership. The Masters by research and PhD program provides training in diverse methodologies across a range of topic areas.View
Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia's largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 academic staff, 4000 honorary staff and 1500 graduate researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings. Researchers are located at key sites across Victoria, with more conducting research around the world. These renowned experts from every field can be found in labs, hospitals, affiliated research institutes and all across the wider community.Information and support tools for Faculty staff are available on the Faculty intranet.
The School educates graduate entry and post-graduate students through accredited programs tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally, enabling them to be competent and effective health professionals who are work ready and eligible for registration.
Our graduate entry and post-graduate degrees are tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally.View
Expand your horizons by studying a single subject via the Community Access Program (CAP). CAP provides the opportunity to enrol in a single Health Sciences subject to study for general interest or to enhance your career development.View
Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences offer an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.View
Work-integrated learning, including placement, provides career-defining experiences for students and is integral to many programs within
the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Rich collaborative relationships that foster strong research and teaching.
In February 2007, The Social Work Department established a formal Alumni Association.View
We are grateful for the many ways in which our alumni and donors support the work of the Faculty.View
We have strong links with many of Victoria's most widely recognised social work bodies.View
Social work has a strong tradition of collaborative engagement. We have a strong alumni and we value highly our local, national and international relationships.View
This year, we celebrate 80 years of social work education at the University of Melbourne.
Led by the visionary Jocelyn Hyslop, a Diploma of Social Studies was established at this University in 1941, the second such program in Australia. Since these origins, our commitment to social justice, human rights and wellbeing has continued. Throughout this year, we celebrate the threads of our history that speak to our present and our future.
Welcome to the Department of Social Work
Professor Lou Harms - Chair and Head of Social Work
Social Work, in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, is a vibrant learning community which seeks to influence professional practice through high quality educational experiences for our students, the conduct of practice-based research and engagement.
The Victorian Institute of Hospital Almoners was established in 1929. This is generally regarded as the beginning of Victorian social work education.
Social work education at the University of Melbourne has a long and distinguished history.