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Bachelor of Social Science

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Look closely at human society with a Bachelor of Social Science. This degree will expand your insight into the science of people, places and social problems and give you skills in social research and applied social science

The Bachelor of Social Science gives your career a head start by providing you with relevant work experience.

It meets industry needs thanks to our close links with many non-profit, charitable and community organisations, government departments and corporate agencies.

This social science degree will prepare you for a wide variety of jobs in government, policy-related work, research of all kinds and even social activism.

It is also flexible enough to give you the choice of 15 interdisciplinary majors, including criminology, indigenous studies, politics and international relations, public policy, law and governance, human geography and political economy and social policy.

Key features

  • on-the-job experience with internships in well-known government, private and non-profit organisations
  • a unique combination of applied social research with practical skills valued by employers
  • understand culturally diverse social environments of the 21st century
  • broaden your career options with the law double degree option 

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

Minimum course duration

3 years full-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.

Entry requirements

English language requirements

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

Work experience requirements

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
Balance of credit points required (Electives) 27

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 2014 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 international aid work, social research, market research, policy analysis, journalism and the media, education, tourism, program management and evaluation, social planning, resource management in social contexts, and intercultural communication.

Areas of work can also include government and non-government organisations, corporate business, and consultancy firms.


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

  • Civil Government at all levels and in a range of departments
  • Private research companies and think tanks
  • Charitable Organisations and Overseas Aid companies
  • Education Government departments concerned with immigrants and language policy
  • Non-government organisations and community service providers
  • Speech technology research companies

Average starting salary

According to Graduate Careers Australia, the median salary for bachelor graduates in the field of social sciences is $45,100.


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 hae 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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2. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Applications for Session 2, 2014 are now open.


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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