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Bachelor of Social Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324011


Changing minds, changing lives, changing the world. Students in the Bachelor of Social Sciences are involved in investigating, analysing and interpreting the major social justice challenges we face in an increasingly globalised world. The Bachelor of Social Sciences has a strong focus on applied social research, policy analysis and writing in the key areas of the social sciences.

From a social justice standpoint, students learn to recognise differing needs and develop a range of approaches and methods to understand and respond to the critical problems and public issues in society. Students also build valuable qualitative and quantitative research skills and have the opportunity to design their own independent research projects.

This degree is very relevant and marketable for future employment in public, private and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas. How do we know? Because being social scientists, we identified a number of key stakeholders across industries and asked them about the key capabilities their organisations need. Their views and feedback have been reflected and built into the program structure.

Graduates work in careers in social planning, government policy making, market research, media and public relations, aid development organisations, environmental agencies and the health sector.

Study Abroad and Exchange Opportunities

The University has student exchange links with over 100 overseas institutions. You can study overseas for one or two semesters which counts as credit towards your degree program at the University of Adelaide. In addition there are no extra tuition fees for this study. What better way to test out newly developed language skills or experience another culture as you learn?

  • Program Structure

    This program mixes core learning in a broad range of relevant areas with practical research investigation. Students are introduced to methods and tools to design and conduct social research and develop approaches to analyse findings and advocate change.

    In the final year, students can apply for a merit based internship that gives direct access to possible future employers with a social justice focus and the opportunity to work on a research project together. Or, students may choose to strengthen their knowledge in social sciences methodologies to build more expertise in this area.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 324011
    2013 CSP ATAR 65.75
    Adelaide Approved Score 70
    2013 CSP IB 24
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,100
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences are also considered.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before February 1st of the year that you will be studying. If you have studied a higher education program within the last two years, you must not have studied more than 2 years full-time equivalent in that program and you must not hold a completed higher education level award. If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Personal Competencies (PC) and Employment Experience (EE) statements may also contribute to your rank. Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. If you submit a PC or EE statement, and one of these ranks higher than your STAT score, then the highest ranking statement will contribute 50% to your overall rank and the STAT will contribute the remaining 50%. If you do not submit a PC or EE statement, or if the statements have a lower rank than the STAT, then you will compete for a place on the basis of your STAT result only. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wilto Yerlo for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324011

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $24,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 022494B
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    IB 25
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1540
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $24,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Current students, please visit the below link for your study plan templates:


    Most courses are worth 3 units each.

    Level I

    Level II 

    • GEOG 2132 Social Science Techniques
    • GSSA 2020 Social Theory in Action
    • GSSA 2103 Politics, Policy and Citizenship
    • GSSA 2110 Social Research: Working Skills for Social Sciences
    • 4 x Advanced Level elective course

    Level III

    Note: A maximum of 24 units of elective courses may be taken from faculties other than Humanities and Social Sciences 


  • Career Opportunities

    Graduates work in careers in social planning, government policy making, market research, media and public relations, aid development organisations, environmental agencies and the health sector.

    Potential careers

    Development Officer, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Anthropologist, Community Development Officer, Non Government Organisation Worker, Foreign Affairs, Policy Adviser, Research Assistant, Research Associates, Business Data Analyst, Writer, Ministerial Adviser, Parliamentary Adviser, Archivist

  • Work Placement

    A valuable option for third year is to take part in an internship with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, allowing students use the knowledge from their university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards their degree program and preparing them for their future career.

  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

  • Further Information

    Please direct enquiries to the Ask Adelaide
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Friday, 27 Jun 2014


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