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Bachelor of Social Science

Overview

Global solutions for a better tomorrow. Address the major social challenges of our time with a strong ethical compass.

Explore how to address pressing social issues – such as poverty and inequality, Indigenous peoples and injustice, health and illness, and the social impacts of climate change – at local, national and international levels.

You'll gain a strong grounding in social justice, policy research and links to community and industry, and create a strong foundation in the practice-based skills, values and knowledge needed to address key social problems. Practical workforce skills include public policy design and evaluation, social impact assessment, public advocacy, social planning and research.

Third-year students gain valuable experience in social research by undertaking a supervised project linked with a community or industry partner.

You'll specialise in a particular area of interest and graduate equipped with relevant and marketable skills, including policy making and advocacy, public communication, cross-cultural awareness, report writing, project management and social research.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
747001
Program Code
2032
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$32352 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
747001
Program Code
2032
CRICOS Code
025998J
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop the skills, values and knowledge that are sought after by employers who want to create change in the world.
  • Learn policy making and advocacy, public communication, cross-cultural awareness, report writing, project management and social research.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the real world by undertaking a supervised, year-long research project.

1 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020

1 in Queensland for social sciences and management

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Development
  • Environment and Society
  • Health and Society
  • Social and Public Policy

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to International Inequality & Development
  • Australian Social Policy
  • Introduction to Health, Illness and Society
  • Environment & Society

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Aid project officer
  • Community development officer
  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • Social and government researcher
  • Ethics adviser
  • Academic researcher

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
117727

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 201.47 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Social Science for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest3 / 963 / 96
Median10 / 8110 / 81
Lowest13 / 7211 / 77

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

1536.59%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

512.2%

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
1126.83%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5<5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5<5

International students

<5<5

Total

41100%

"<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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Social Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Development

This 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 develop sustainable societies, communities and environments.

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Environment and Society

Explore the intersections between human society and the environment.

Understanding how environmental problems such as climate change, land clearing and waste are tied to social, political, economic and cultural processes is vital to addressing these challenges. This major equips you with the analytical and research skills to do so.

Topics covered include global issues of social and environmental injustice, environmental racism and violence, the politics of conflict, activism and social change.

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Health and Society

This major focuses on the social factors that influence health and illness, the way health systems work 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. It emphasises the social and ethical factors that shape health, and the local and global factors that are important for achieving better health.

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Social and Public Policy

This major connects social sciences to the world of politics.

Students learn how to analyse social and economic issues and develop, implement and evaluate policy solutions. Courses cover social and economic analysis, policy development, implementation, management and evaluation, and community engagement and development. You'll learn how social policy affects everyone in a society and the role of social policy in producing positive change.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Development

This 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 develop sustainable societies, communities and environments.

View

Environment and Society

Explore the intersections between human society and the environment.

Understanding how environmental problems such as climate change, land clearing and waste are tied to social, political, economic and cultural processes is vital to addressing these challenges. This major equips you with the analytical and research skills to do so.

Topics covered include global issues of social and environmental injustice, environmental racism and violence, the politics of conflict, activism and social change.

View

Health and Society

This major focuses on the social factors that influence health and illness, the way health systems work 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. It emphasises the social and ethical factors that shape health, and the local and global factors that are important for achieving better health.

View

Social and Public Policy

This major connects social sciences to the world of politics.

Students learn how to analyse social and economic issues and develop, implement and evaluate policy solutions. Courses cover social and economic analysis, policy development, implementation, management and evaluation, and community engagement and development. You'll learn how social policy affects everyone in a society and the role of social policy in producing positive change.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,352

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Social Science for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $7,849

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Social Science for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Social Science is 747001.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Social Science is 2032.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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