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Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

Overview

Take a deep dive into your specialty in social sciences and develop your research skills and knowledge, while gaining a valuable additional qualification which will differentiate you in the job market.

The Bachelor of Social Science with Honours is a single year of full-time (or part time equivalent) advanced level study where you'll apply your research skills in the humanities and social sciences.

Your Honours program will combine a flexible mix of coursework and independent study, during which you'll prepare and undertake an approved independent social science research project and submit a formal Honours thesis.

Under the Honours program, you'll be encouraged to extend your specialised study in either Health and Society, Social and Public Policy, Development or Environment and Society, and the program can be individually supervised across relevant UQ schools or research centres.

The program will allow you to develop, extend and consolidate your knowledge and skills in social science theory and research in relation to your specialisation area. It's a valuable additional qualification on entering the job market.

If you excel through the Honours program, you'll have the opportunity to progress onto a Master of Philosophy or further postgraduate study.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
2033
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$32352 (indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
2033
CRICOS Code
081757F
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Enjoy individual supervision from UQ's leading academics as you develop your Honours thesis.
  • Hone your research skills and knowledge of your chosen field and gain a valuable additional qualification.
  • Unlock pathways to further advanced study with a higher postgraduate degree.

1 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019

36 in the world for sociology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

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

  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

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:

  • Social Science Honours thesis
  • Social Science Honours Research Seminar 1
  • Social Science Honours Research Seminar 2

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
  • Public policy adviser
  • Policy and research officer
  • Social and government researcher
  • Social and welfare services planner
  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • Community development manager
  • Environment and sustainability consultant
  • Academic researcher

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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.

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.

 

Learn more about English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) 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

Fields of study

Majors

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

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.

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.

 

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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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Fields of study

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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Majors

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

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.

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.

 

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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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Fields of study

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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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 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) for the 2020 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 (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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,684

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) 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

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • 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

The closing date for this program is:

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

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

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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