Social work and psychology: advance your career with a postgraduate degree

Take your social work or psychology career to the next level with Charles Sturt’s postgraduate degrees. Advance or change your career and change lives. Whatever stage you’re at, our industry-aligned courses have you covered – so you can make a meaningful difference in your community.

A postgrad degree will give you much more than your next career step. You’ll have advanced skills and knowledge and higher earning potential too. After all, we’re in the top 10 universities in Australia for post graduate starting salaries.

Become a leader with a master’s in social work

If you’ve chosen social work as a career, you’ll already have a solid understanding of the different types of social workers. If you’ve been wondering how you can do more and improve as many lives as you can, a master’s in social work can open doors for you.

Doing a postgraduate degree in social work can extend the range of senior leadership opportunities. And it can be an opportunity for career renewal and sustainability.

Karen Bell

Associate Professor in Social Work and Human Services, Karen Bell, knows the benefits of studying a postgraduate social work degree.

“Having a postgraduate qualification demonstrates to employers that you have high-level analytical skills, advanced communication skills, time management skills and enthusiasm for your profession. Also that you can develop and manage a project to fruition.

“We often have social workers coming into our postgraduate degrees because they are passionate about an issue. Further study gives them a chance to systematically explore it. Postgraduate study can also contribute at a broader level to the professional knowledge base. It’s an opportunity for senior practitioners to share their practice wisdom. This ultimately can help make a positive difference in our communities.”

Your social work master’s options

Our Master of Advanced Social Work Practice gives you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge across a wide range of study areas. These include child and adolescent welfare in First Nations communities, and mediation, disaster recovery, ageing and international social development.

Our Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) qualifies you as a professional social worker. You’ll have professional recognition with the Australian Association of Social Workers. If you’re already employed in human services, you’ll open up a broad range of roles and opportunities for promotion.

Start or advance your psychology career

Build on your existing qualifications – whether you’re already working in the field or want to move into it. The good news is that the government predicts that there will be strong future demand for specialised psychological professionals, including clinical psychologists and organisational psychologists. So you’ll graduate from your postgrad degree into a labour market crying out for people just like you.

And with a degree from the number one uni in Australia for postgrad psychology salaries, you’ll be well paid for your expertise.

Change careers

If you have an undergraduate degree and want to start your psychology career, our Graduate Diploma of Psychology is your first step to becoming a psychologist. Our graduate diploma is recognised by APAC as providing a three-year sequence in psychology study in just two years of online study. Your next step will be to complete a fourth-year psychology program like our Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology or the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours).

Become a clinical psychologist

Our Master of Clinical Psychology is a pathway to registration as a clinical psychologist. Work in private practice, hospitals, medical practices, or community health centres. APAC recognises this degree as a fifth and sixth year course in psychology. And the Australian Psychological Society approves it.

Become a registered psychologist

Completed your four-year sequence in psychology and ready to progress to your fifth? Our Master of Professional Psychology (with specialisations) will give you the qualification to apply for general registration as a psychologist.

Alternatively, if you need to complete your fourth and fifth years, the Master of Psychological Practice (with specialisations) is for you.

Advance your career in 2022

Next step – choose your course.