Bachelor of Social Sciences
This program is currently unavailable.
For a fairer world
How do we reduce poverty? Where do inequalities stem from? Can we resolve cultural conflicts?
Social scientists research complex social challenges and injustices. They study human society and relationships—from the gender pay gap to the plight of refugees. Armed with in-depth insights into underlying issues, social scientists can then help policymakers find the right solutions.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Social Sciences draws from sociology, politics, geography, anthropology, criminology and gender, Aboriginal and Asian studies. Through these lenses you’ll:
- explore the many challenges of a globalised world
- take practical approaches to social justice issues
- learn to devise, evaluate and carry out policy solutions
- build valuable research skills
- extract meaningful information from data
- design independent enquiry projects.
If you maintain a high GPA, you can also intern with an arts, media, government or environmental organisation.
Where could it take you?
Our graduates emerge informed and ready to bring about positive change. You could work on the front line providing humanitarian aid to those in need. You might further safety and support as a social inclusion officer in business. You could improve policy, write it or run for government yourself.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2019 CSP ATAR||72.4|
|2019 CSP IB||26|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||69.4|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||90.8|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||98.9|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||72.4|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||94.05|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.65|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2019|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||N/A||N/A|
|(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
|Intake||February and July|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||70|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||25|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||17|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||25|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||6|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||65%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||4.6|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||74|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||60%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1120|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||6|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.2|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.67|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||70|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||70|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||339|
|ANU Foundation Studies||64|
|Monash Foundation Year||67.5|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||70|
|UNSW Foundation Year||6.5|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.5|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||56|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||70|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||60%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,715
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $33,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Graduates pursue successful careers in social planning, government policy making, market research, media and public relations, aid development organisations, environmental agencies, youth work, community development, social inclusion, and the health sector.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career
Community Outreach Worker, Community Project Manager, Social Inclusion Officer, Social Researcher, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Workplace Relations Officer, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Anthropologist, Community Development Officer, Non Government Organisation Worker, Advertising Officer, Market Researcher, Data Analyst, Political Adviser, Politician, Project Officer, Research Manager, Risk Manager, Strategist, Industrial relations, Foreign Affairs, Research Associates, ...
- Politics and International Relations
- Psychology (minor only)
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During my degree, I discovered my passion: Philosophy. Prior to coming to university I had never studied it before, but from the first lecture I was hooked. I also reignited my love for Classics, and have loved studying that too. The BA (Adv) has not only allowed me to study what I love, but has allowed me to do so in a rigorous and deeply fulfilling manner, all the while developing my research skills and giving me the experience of a lifetime. I've made great friends and had wonderful experiences that I will cherish for a lifetime. Just do it!
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Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020