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Bachelor of Social Science

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Macquarie is a leader in both teaching and research across the social sciences. This degree develops an understanding of how we make sense of the world and the questions we ask about it, challenging you to not just wonder why we ask these questions, but also what we can and should do with the answers we find.
There is a strong emphasis on social research design, methods, practice and application across a range of data analysis techniques and technologies. This provides you with a flexible set of vocational skills and capabilities, offering an understanding of issues in culturally diverse social environments in local and global contexts. You are prepared for a wide variety of research and policy-related careers in both the private and public sectors.

Key features

  • The degree provides specific skills in applied social research and offers a wide knowledge base for understanding issues in a culturally diverse social environment.
  • The focus is vocational, critical and scholarly. We consulted with employers, government, community groups, activist organisations and trade unions to develop the key graduates skills.
  • Macquarie internships offer you a unique chance to gain work experience by applying the skills you acquire through study to the design and conduct of a research project during a placement at one of our partner organisations.
  • You have the option to major in a wide variety of areas.
  • Broaden your career options with the law double degree. 

Macquarie's PACE program gives graduates real-world experience

Macquarie University knows today's graduates need more than just academic skills. That’s why its PACE program takes students out of the lecture theatre and places them in the heart of their chosen careers. PACE gives students invaluable life experience that sets them apart from other university graduates and, as a result, makes them better equipped for the real world and more attractive to employers.

Majors offered by the Bachelor of Social Science

Course duration

3 years full-time / equivalent part-time


North Ryde (Sydney)

UAC Code


Suitable for

Interested in how our social worlds are constructed? The Bachelor of Social Science will help you make a difference in how society looks after itself and others.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Estimated annual fee This is an indicative fee -  AUD $6,152 p.a.

Student amenities fee

Information on the Student services and amenities fee

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 69
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 39
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 21
Completion of a Qualifying Major for the Bachelor of Social Science
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this degree

100 level Credit Points
Required SSC100 Introduction to Social Science 3
200 level Credit Points
Required SOC224 Methods of Social Research 3
Required SSC200 Evaluation, Planning and Policy 3
300 level Credit Points
Required SSC300 C Advanced Social Research Methods 3
Required SOC301 P Internships in Social Research 6

Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Bachelor of Social Science majors:


  • Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
  • Units marked with a P are PACE units.
  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

‘Graduate Careers Australia’ statistics in 2010 showed that over 80% of bachelor degree graduates in Social Science across Australia were in some form of full-time or part-time employment.

Career opportunities for graduates can include: 

  • Advocate
  • Change manager
  • Educator
  • Evaluator
  • Government or private sector consultant
  • Human resources officer
  • International aid worker
  • Journalist
  • Local government officer
  • Non-government worker
  • Market researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Resource manager in social contexts
  • Social researcher
  • Town planner
  • Welfare officer


Range from and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Charitable organisations and overseas aid companies
  • Civil government at all levels and in a range of departments
  • Education government departments concerned with immigrants and language policy
  • Corporate business
  • Consultancy firms
  • Non-government organisations and community service providers
  • Private research companies and think tanks
  • Speech technology research companies


Our Students


Zara Bending

Bachelor of Social Science

'Macquarie provides for the ultimate university experience. Degree programs are flexible, the teaching staff are supportive, the campus is easily accessible by car, bus and train, and our student body is the most culturally diverse I have seen.

The University also supports its students in their off-campus endeavours, most notably in relation to overseas exchange and internships. With the guidance of my social science professors, I was able to secure an internship with the NSW Premier's Department and Cabinet which gave me valuable experience and practical skills.'

Our Expertise

Dr Peter Rogers

Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Peter Rogers is a lecturer in the Sociology of Law and Criminology in the Department of Sociology. Peter completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in urban regeneration and the social exclusion of young people, fostering a keen interest in the sociology of space and the operations of democratic governance.

Before moving to Australia in 2008 Peter was a lecturer in Cultural Studies, Criminology and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has been an active member of the British Sociological Association, sitting on the executive council as a trustee and founding the Urban Theory and Research Study Group.

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Bachelor of Social Science

To study this degree, apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

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Application for Session 1, 2015 closed on 30 January 2015.

Application for Session 2, 2015 open until Friday, 26 June 2015.


Students wishing to return to study at Macquarie University should visit the Previous Macquarie Students webpage, for further information and application procedures. 

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