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Bachelor of  Social Science

Program code: 2032
QTAC code: 747001
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Learn to ethically address major social challenges of our time with a Bachelor of Social Science.

  • Discover the scientific study of human relations and society and learn about key approaches from sociology, political science, anthropology and economics.
  • Choose one or two majors from four options including Development, Social and Public Policy, Health and Society, and Environment and Society.
  • Gain real world social research experience by undertaking a supervised, year-long research project linked with an industry partner in your third year.
  • Graduate with the ability to address pressing social issues such as poverty and inequality, indigenous peoples and injustice, health and illness, and the social impacts of climate change.

The Bachelor of Social Science will provide you with the knowledge, values and skills that are sought after by employers. You will be well equipped to develop solutions to contemporary social issues and help change the world.

  • Alumni
    UQ has bestowed me with research skills, writing abilities, and critical thinking capacities that my organisation appreciates. Christopher Coombes, Bachelor of Social Science (2017)
    Case Worker, Kyabra Community Association
  • Why study

    Creating Change in Social Science

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ's work in social science was ranked 31st in the world by subject in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. Our social science academics also scored the highest rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more

Majors for this program

There are 4 majors available in the Bachelor of Social Science.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

This course equips graduates with relevant and marketable skills including policy making and advocacy, public communication, crosscultural awareness, report writing, project management and social research skills.

Graduates typically find employment within organisations such as:

  • government departments 
  • community service and advocacy agencies 
  • healthcare providers 
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • business/private sector.

Other graduates further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they continue to develop their research skills.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Science in 2018:

11 76 26

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Social Science:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest2 / 97 1 / 99
Median10 / 78 10 / 79
Lowest11 / 76 11 / 76

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Social Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Social Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Social Science in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study8 32%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
8 32%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International students<5 <5
Total25 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Social Science:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Science have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Social Science.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


The Development major provides a social science perspective on international and community development problems. Courses analyse the social effects of development; the role of international aid and community development projects; and environmental policy. The major emphasises working in multi-disciplinary teams to alleviate poverty and inequality, and to develop sustainable societies, communities and environments.

Career outcomes

Graduates from the Development major usually work for government or non-government organisations. Specific roles might include aid project officers; researchers; country officers; social planners; project coordinators; ethics advisors; community support workers; youth workers; or policy advisors.

Environment and Society

Environment and society is a timely new major introduced into the Bachelor of Social Science in 2018. It wrestles the intersections between human society and the environment, including the ways in which environmental problems ¿ such as climate change, land clearing and waste ¿ are tied to social, political, economic and cultural processes. Understanding these connections is vital to addressing these environmental challenges; this major equips you with the analytical and research skills to do just this. To chart responses, the major scrutinizes local, national and international causes of environmental issues, and draws from alternative disciplines, philosophies and ethics, with a hearty dose of politics of hope.

Topics covered include global issues of social and environmental injustice, environmental racism and violence, the politics of conflict, and activism and social change. The major will be particularly relevant for students wanting to work in areas such as government policy making, environmental communication and advocacy, international development, and those wishing to work to address environmental and social challenges.

Health and Society

The Health and Society major focuses on the social factors that influence health and illness; the way health systems works; and the relevance of social science to health care. Courses cover inequalities in health and illness, health promotion, health-care administration, health-related project management and evaluation, and health-related research. The major emphasises the social and ethical factors that shape health, and the local and global factors that are important for achieving better health.

Career outcomes

Health and Society major graduates usually work in health provision or health promotion for both government and non-government departments and organisations. Specific roles might include health services managers; health policy officers; community health planners; policy advisors; research officers; program officers; project coordinators; evaluation officers; ethics advisors; community support workers; youth workers; and project officers.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Social Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $7,710
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Social Science for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Social Science need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Social Science is 747001. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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