Bachelor of  Social Science

Program code: 2032
QTAC code: 747001
CRICOS code: 025998J


St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Interested in solving social challenges? Gain the ability to identify and analyse pressing social issues and develop ethical solutions based in policy and practice 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 will allow you to develop solutions to contemporary social issues and help change the world for the better.

  • 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 Social science disciplines are global leaders. Sociology, Anthropology, and Development Studies were ranked 27th, 43rd and 48th respectively in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 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.

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, cross-cultural awareness, report writing, project management and social research skills.

Graduates typically find employment within organisations such as:

  • Federal, State & Local Government
  • Aboriginal Land Councils
  • AusAID/NGOs
  • Health
  • Policing Agencies, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Courts, Customs, Immigration
  • Victims Services, Youth Services
  • Community Service Agencies
  • Business/Consultancy Firms
  • Universities/Research

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

  • 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


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Year 12 or equivalent English.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Social Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ 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.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,352
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Social Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Social Science depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, 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".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Social Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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