Course Description

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 programs 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 program. You'll undertake 140 days of work placements within human service and community service organisations.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
International Students: $28,800 per year full-time


4 years full time,

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 83.7% (national average 70.7%)
Improved skills: 91.9% (national average 86.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 84.9% (national average 86.5%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 71.7% (national average 69.8%)
Studying full time: 6.7% (national average 10.6%)
Median full time salary: $59,500 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 079596C
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH105

Entry Requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (including any adjustments).

Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or