Honours Degree of Bachelor of Sociology

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 project.

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build the necessary foundations for postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to questions no one else is asking in the sociology world. Perhaps you’re keen to develop deeper insight in an area of specialisation to gain an employability edge.

Our prerequisite for the Bachelor of Sociology (Honours) is a Distinction average in a Bachelor of Sociology or other bachelor degree with a Sociology major. Applications are called for in October and November each year.


What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework, including in sociological research methods.
  • Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
  • Produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a chosen topic.

Further details on honours are available from schools and disciplines in the faculty. 



  • SA's top ranked university for Sociology*
  • Dive deeply into researching your passion for societal issues
  • Study at a university consistently ranked in the top 1% worldwide

*Top Universities, Ranking by subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH076
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree, or equivalent. The prerequisite for Honours study is at least credit standard in a specified major. Expressions of interest are called for by Departments/Disciplines in October and November each year. Further details on Honours and the expression of interest form are available at the following website: https://able.adelaide.edu.au/study-with-us/honours#how-to-apply.
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How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH076

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $15,145

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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

Many organisations and businesses employ sociologists to evaluate programs, diagnose problems and design solutions to influence outcomes on a range of issues that impact on society and humanity.

The Bachelor of Sociology is a qualification that opens up opportunities to work in policy development, project planning, legal submissions or strategic organisational management. Our graduates are sought after by government agencies both locally and nationally, the media industry, social and health research bodies, and business. 

Careers include: 

  • Advocacy
  • Charitable trusts
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Government agencies
  • Media Industries
  • Migrant/multi-cultural affairs
  • Policy development, analysis and research
  • Politics and political advisor
  • Public relations officer
  • Project management
  • Social marketing
  • Youth development
  • NGOs - housing, health service providers, disability advocacy and support and youth development

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Market Researcher, Ministerial Adviser, PR Advisor, Communications Officer, Community Development Officer, Community Outreach Worker, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Data Analyst, Public Servant, Social Inclusion Officer, Social Media Strategist, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Union Representative, Human Resource Manager, Web Content Manager, Welfare Officer, Workplace Consultant, Workplace Relations Officer, Youth Worker, Humanitarian / Aid Worker

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Sep 2022