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Bachelor of  Social Science (Honours)

Program code: 2033
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Delivery location

St Lucia


1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Why study the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Social Science with Honours is a single year of full-time (or part time equivalent) advanced level study plus applied research in the behavioural and social sciences. Students are eligible to undertake Honours if they have completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree or its equivalent with an appropriate level of achievement.
The honours program combines a flexible mix of coursework and independent study, during which students prepare and undertake an approved independent social science research project and submit a formal honours thesis. Honours students are encouraged to extend their specialised study in one of the areas of Health and Society, Social and Public Policy, Development or Criminal Justice and can be individually supervised across relevant UQ schools or and Research Centres. An Honours degree in Social Science allows students to develop, extend and consolidate their knowledge and skills in social science theory and research in relation to their specialisation area and is a valuable additional qualification on entering the job market.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


A Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent with a GPA of 5 from advanced core courses and the highest grades received in 6 units of advanced courses in the chosen major.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) 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 (Honours). 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.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Further study options

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

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.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Criminal Justice

This major gives students the background and skills to critically evaluate how we can better respond to emerging crime problems in our communities. Courses included in the major focus on the social factors leading to criminality and the response to criminal behaviour from the justice system. In contrast to the major in criminology for the BA which focuses more closely on theoretical and research skills in criminology, this major emphasises applied social policy issues relating to criminal justice. Students are given a broad introduction to the field in year 1, followed by upper level courses that focus on the social causes of offending and the various ways in which different parts of the justice system deal with criminal/offending behaviour.


Undergraduate level study in Social Science involves multidisciplinary perspectives on social issues and the application of social science knowledge, skills and sensitivities to contemporary social problems, policy analysis and social research. Students undertaking a major in Development as part of their Bachelor of Social Science investigate causes of, and approaches to, international and community level inequality and critically evaluate strategies to enhance development and respond to the varied effects of economic growth on the social and physical environment. The main aims of an Honours year specialising in Development are:

  • to enable students with an adequate background in Development to extend their studies in more depth than is possible with a pass degree
  • to enhance students capacity for independent research and to extend research skills appropriate to the field of Development, and;
  • to train to a standard sufficient for a specialist career or enrolment in postgraduate research degrees. Achievement of first class or IIA Honours allows direct entry to a PhD program.

Health and Society

Students gain an understanding of the social and ethical factors influencing health and illness. Focus is placed on the way the health system works, and gaining the skills relevant to becoming a social science worker in health care.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) 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 $6,566
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 (Honours) 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 online

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All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) is 2033. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for honours study.

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Important dates

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

The closing date for the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

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

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