Bachelor of Social Science
- Develop the skills, values and knowledge that are sought after by employers who want to create change in the world.
- Learn policymaking 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, yearlong research project.
Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:
- Environment and Society
- Health and Social Policy
How you'll learn
Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.
Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.
- Overseas study
- Research experience
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:
- Society, Challenges and Solutions: Introduction to the Social Sciences
- Political Problems and Public Policy
- Research, Planning and Design
- Introduction to social research
Double your skills and your opportunities with a dual degree. You can study the Bachelor of Social Science as a part of these dual programs:
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
- Environmental policy director
- Social and government researcher
- Ethics adviser
- Academic researcher
- Community health planner
- Environment and sustainability consultant
- Social justice advocate
Entry score threshold
|ATAR / Rank||IB|
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2021
|Without adjustments||With adjustments|
Who you'll study with
Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:
|Applicant background||Number of students||Percentage of all students|
(A) Higher education study
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
(C) Work and life experience
|(D) Recent secondary education|
"<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.
Fees and Scholarships
Indicative annual fee
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.
The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students.
Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:
How to apply
If you’re studying Year 12 in Australia, go 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.
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.
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.
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.