Social Work, Youth Work/Youth Studies and Social Science/Psychology

Transform lives and create lasting social change. At RMIT, you’ll learn from passionate, engaged members of society who work towards a fairer world for all

Social Work

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

The social work profession is committed to the pursuit of social justice, the enhancement of the quality of life, and the development of the full potential of each individual, group and community in society. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversity are central to the profession and are underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities, and respect for First Nations peoples’ knowledges.

RMIT University has been teaching social work for over 40 years, and the content reflects contemporary ideas about social work and its place in a changing world. RMIT social work graduates are resilient and outspoken members of society who advocate a fairer world for all.

You will study will include social work, social science, policy and research subjects. Field education forms a core component of the social work degree. You will spend 140 days working in human and community service organisations across many fields of practice. 

Social Work - Introduction to placements

This video gives students a sense of what is involved in the placements required in the Bachelor and Master of Social Work courses.

Master of Social Work

Studying Social Work - Rebecca Paterson studied Social Work at RMIT.


Youth Work and Youth Studies

Are you passionate about improving young people’s lives? Do you want the opportunity to do this in direct practice and policy roles?

Your role as a youth worker will be diverse. There will be many challenging and rewarding career opportunities for you. The Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies explores complex social issues affecting young people. These include mental health, homelessness, poverty and futures. This degree encourages critical debate and investigation of youth in relation to space, digital landscapes, culture, family and the law. You will be trained to practice as a youth worker as well as equipped to take on policy and management roles.

This degree aims to examine and help you to foster the environments in which all young people can thrive and feel confident, connected and safe. You will do this via in class learning with established experts, as well as two field education placements, where you have the opportunity to work with young people in frontline services; or for young people, in research and advocacy positions. RMIT’s Youth Work and Youth Studies degree is the largest and oldest in Australia. We are the only degree to specialise in both applied youth work as well as underpin you with comprehensive knowledge of youth studies and policy.

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My biggest highlight from studying youth work was the opportunity to complete a student placement within the program. Through the student placement, I was able to put my learning into practice.

- Daniel Godinez Lambert, Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies

Social Science (Psychology)

Are you interested in working in mental health or becoming a psychologist?

Psychology is a discipline that provides powerful insights and tools for exploring human experience and behaviour.

The combination of a social science degree with a psychology specialisation is ideal for those interested in the interaction between individuals and the world around them. Often, what is happening in people’s minds is only part of what might be making their lives difficult.Through your studies in this degree, you'll develop enhanced communication and research skills, better understand the people around you, and build abilities in decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking. You'll have the opportunity to put your skills to practice, and meet potential future employers, on a professional work-placement.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is the first 3 years of an accredited 6-year pathway towards becoming a registered psychologist. Psychology studies can also lead to careers in human services organisations, community-based agencies, human resource management, multicultural agencies and education settings.

This course has honestly been life changing. I have developed so many skills and new perspectives through it and have been taught by some amazing teachers. Very thankful for this course and for RMIT!

- Beth, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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RMIT offers a selection of Social Work and Human Services courses that builds longstanding industry recognition and engagement and the reputation.

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Meet our people

Meet the academic and teaching staff in Social work, youth work and social science/psychology

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