Bachelor of Social Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324011
CRICOS 022494B

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324011
    2019 CSP ATAR 72.4
    2019 CSP IB 26
    Deferment No
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (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)
    N/A N/A
    • 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%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 022494B
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,715

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500

    Scholarships

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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    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, ...

  • Study Overseas

    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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It 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 arts@adelaide.edu.au 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 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

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 ASIA 1104
    Introduction to
    Asian Cultures
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind

    Elective
    Level I

    Elective
    Level I
    GEOG 1101
    Geographies
    of Globalisation
    Social Sciences Closed
    Elective Level I
    Elective
    Level I
    Elective
    Level I
    Year 2 GEOG 2132
    Social Sciences
    Techniques II
    SOCI 2012
    Social Research
    Elective
    Level II
    Elective
    Level II
    SOCI 2010
    Politics, Policy
    & Citizenship
    Social Sciences Closed
    Elective Level II
    Elective
    Level II
    Elective
    Level II
    Year 3 ARTS 3200
    Arts Internship
    6 units
    or
    2 x Social Sciences Closed Electives Level III
    2 x 3 units
    Elective
    Level III
    Elective
    Level III
    SOCI 3012
    Taking it to the Streets: Applied Social Sciences
    6 units
    Elective
    Level III
    Elective
    Level III
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2019