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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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Domestic applicants

Admissions information

SATAC Code 324011
2019 CSP ATAR 72.4
2019 CSP IB 26
Deferment No
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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
Selection Rank
(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
Selection Criteria
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324011

Student Profile
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)
<5 N/A
(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)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
11 45.8%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students 5 20.8%
All students 24 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,715

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

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.

Industry Placement

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

Potential careers

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, ...

Degree Structure

Students can take an optional major or minor in: 
  • Criminology
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology
  • Psychology (minor only)

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.


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