Course Description

The Master of Advanced Social Work (Research) allows you to combine coursework with extensive independent research in social work. It encourages an advanced practice-oriented and theoretical approach, and supports self-directed, lifelong learning. To be eligible for the award of the degree, you must achieve an average grade of at least H3 (65%) or higher.


2 years full time, 4 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.0% (national average 71.7%)
Improved skills: 84.3% (national average 78.7%)
Overall satisfaction: 87.0% (national average 83.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Melbourne. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 84.0% (national average 78.1%)
Studying full time: 4.3% (national average 5.6%)
Median full time salary: $60,000 (national average $67,800)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 064990E

Entry Requirements

1. To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

a) a qualifying Australian Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent within the last ten years with a grade point average of 75% or above


b) eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers


c) two years of documented professional social work practice.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the selection committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance and, if relevant, professional qualifications,
  • performance at interview,
  • understanding of the research question to be explored,
  • motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner,
  • relevant prior research and/or professional experience, and
  • referee reports.