Study opportunities

Graduates from the School of Health and Social Development gain extensive theoretical knowledge, well-established practical skills, professional accreditation and perhaps even international experience.

Practice education and fieldwork

Our work experience units make sure you're as confident with your communication, physical and problem-solving skills as you are with your theory.

All of our undergraduate degrees have some form of placement or work experience. When it comes to choosing your placement, you'll have plenty of options and support.

Find out more about practice education and fieldwork

Travel and study – at the same time

Our school provides international opportunities for its students in health promotion and in occupational therapy.

Students can choose to study in destinations in Europe or Asia, depending on their focus of study and interests.

As well as studying and gaining practical experience, you'll explore a different culture through activities in the local community.

You can choose to visit a well-established economy with highly aspirational and forward-thinking health policy and systems, or examine the challenges faced by the healthcare systems of an emerging economy.

Find out more about overseas study

Note: We acknowledge that the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak is evolving and fast-moving, however we are hopeful that our study tour programs will still proceed in 2021. The safety of our students is our priority and we will ensure we communicate if there are any changes to the status our programs.


There's financial support available to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at the School of Health and Social Development. Scholarships can be used to cover the costs associated with studying, such as travel, costs of living and equipment.

Find a scholarship

Professional accreditations

When employers see a professional accreditation on your resume, they know they're hiring a top-quality graduate.

Bachelor of Social Work

This course is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)*. You can also apply for AASW membership and practice professionally throughout Australia.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Accredited by OT Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, this course allows graduates to practice professionally in Australia and overseas.

*All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the AASW retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.