Honours Degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences
Turn high-achieving into a higher degree
An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended research project.
There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to questions no one else is asking in the social sciences. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the job market.
Entry into honours is selective and competitive. Our prerequisite is a distinction standard GPA. Applications are called for by departments/disciplines in October and November each year.
What will you do?
- Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
- Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
- Produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a chosen topic within the social sciences.
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:
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Higher Education Study||Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
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
|Tertiary Qualifications||Graduate entry only.|
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
Commonwealth-supported place: $6,680
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.
Communications Officer, Community Development Officer, Community Outreach Worker, Community Project Manager, Research and Education, Social Inclusion Officer, Social Planner, Social Researcher, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser
Academic Program Rules
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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Mar 2021