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University of South Australia

Human Services

Interested in Human Services?

Graduate with a sound knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences, and the skills needed to work in a diverse range of fields in human services and social policy.

You will gain practical experience in state-of-the-art Social Work Studios, where you will take part in simulated, real-life situations. These studios are an important part of your learning and provide a dedicated space where you can practice your skills. You will gain further practical experience as part of the field education placement component, totalling 560 hours. This is a valuable learning opportunity where you will build industry networks and further enhance practical skills.

Key features

  • Get practical experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international work placements.
  • Number one in SA for humanities, culture and social sciences1.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Social Work, Psychology and Sociology2.
  • Work alongside practitioners and highly skilled academic staff in simulated real-world scenarios.
  • Undertake placements totalling 560 hours.
  • Benefit from flexible study options, including online and block intensives.
  • Graduates may be eligible for credit into the Master of Social Work.

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey and Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Overall Satisfaction and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business. We have been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology and social work1. We were also rated in the highest category in the areas of Generic Skills and Overall Satisfaction in Humanities and Social Sciences2.

You’ll be taught by industry professionals - our academics have a very practical approach to learning, and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research3 and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
22015 Good Universities Guide
32017 QS Stars Ratings

UniSA offers the following Human Services degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Careers to consider:

  • community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to ensure the growth, health and vitality of a region
  • community services worker: work with individuals and groups in the areas of psychology, rehabilitation and social work
  • counsellor (with further study): work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems
  • project manager: use your managerial expertise to manage individual projects; work to meet deadlines and budget requirements
  • policy advisor: review, develop and implement policies and strategies
  • policy development officer: this is an advisory role where you will be responsible for analysing data and advising policymakers
  • social researcher: plan, design, conduct, manage and report on a range of social topics, including crime, healthcare, social services and unemployment
  • youth worker: provide practical and emotional support to children and young people
  • family support worker: provide assistance and guidance to children and families in need; family support workers are often employed by adoption agencies, protective service agencies, or family services organisations
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Department of Child Protection – SA Government
  • SA Health
  • Centacare

Industry facts


Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 19,600 (15.6 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


By 2020, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 23.2 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Study at UniSA

The University of South Australia is a leading provider in Psychology, Social Work and Human Services qualifications. Our graduates are equipped with an in-depth knowledge of human behaviour that prepares them to make a real impact on 21st-century people and communities.

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What others are saying

As part of this degree’s placement course, I had the opportunity to work as a drug and alcohol counsellor for Drug Arm in Hillbank. This amazing experience allowed me to put to practice counselling capabilities learnt throughout the course as well as case management skills.

Guy Yardley

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

Guy Yardley

Guy Yardley

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017