Bachelor of Social Sciences
This degree is not available for 2020 entry.
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324011 2019 CSP ATAR 72.4 2019 CSP IB 26 Deferment No 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 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 Selection Rank required for consideration 65 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324011
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)
- 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%
CRICOS 022494B 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 IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
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% ISBE [India] 70% SAT [US] 1120 Abitur 3.7 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 Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70 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
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees 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, ...
A Study Overseas Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via Study Overseas, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.
To find Study Overseas opportunities available visit Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and ExchangeIt is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further information and advice.
There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Social Sciences students:
> Lund University (Sweden)
> College of William and Mary (US)
> Pitzer College (US)
> Hong Kong University (Hong Kong)
> University of Exeter (UK)
> Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
Degree StructureStudents can take an optional major or minor in:
- Politics and International Relations
- Psychology (minor only)
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year 1 ASIA 1104
The Enquiring Mind
Social Sciences Closed
Elective Level I
Year 2 GEOG 2132
Social Sciences Closed
Elective Level II
Year 3 ARTS 3200
2 x Social Sciences Closed Electives Level III
2 x 3 units
Taking it to the Streets: Applied Social Sciences
Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2019