Bachelor of Sociology

The University of Adelaide

The Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide provides students with the skills to investigate, analyse and interpret the major social justice challenges we face in our increasingly globalised world. These challenges include: homelessness and youth homelessness; closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with regard to health, education and employment; gender inequity in the workplace; children living in poverty; the impact on communities due to the decline of manufacturing; and unequal education provision. Students will learn about social justice and the differing needs in society, and develop the skills to respond to these critical problems and make change. Students will also build valuable qualitative and quantitative research skills and have the opportunity to design their own independent research projects. This degree will appeal to high school applicants who are currently enjoying humanities subjects such as Society & Culture or Women's Studies, as well as appealing to general applicants who are interested in developing skills so they can make a positive difference in the world.

Course Fee:

International: $100,500

Entry Requirements:

SACE with four Stage 2 subjects including at least three 20 credit Tertiary Admissions Subjects and a further 20 credit points from recognised studies (or Yr 12 equivalent); Recommended: humanities subjects such as Society and Culture or Women's Studies.


This program mixes core learning in a broad range of relevant areas with practical research investigation. Students are introduced to methods and tools to design and conduct social research and develop approaches to analyse findings and advocate change. In the final year, students can apply for a merit based internship that gives direct access to possible future employers with a social justice focus and the opportunity to work on a research project together. Or, students may choose to strengthen their knowledge in social sciences methodologies to build more expertise in this area.

Subjects you can Study:

Social Science

Study Pathways:

Students may apply for credit on account of studies at bachelor degree level in any area of study. All applications for credit are considered individually and on their merits by the Faculty of Arts Office.

Further information:

Bachelor of Social Sciences can be studied as a double degree with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Laws.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace 61.45 Yes Full time 3 years
North Terrace 61.45 Yes Part time

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The University of Adelaide’s international reputation for breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We count among our alumni five Nobel Laureates, over 140 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first female Indigenous recipient. The country’s first female prime minister also studied here, as did the first Australian-born professional astronaut in space.
Today, our high-achieving culture continues to attract the world’s best and brightest, including students from more than 90 countries.

Be ready for the future workforce

Although many of the jobs you could be doing in a decade’s time don’t yet exist, your best preparation for them does at the University of Adelaide. We’re constantly updating and refining our degrees to ensure that — wherever your passions lie, you’ll gain the flexible capabilities to explore every opportunity tomorrow brings.
Importantly, our degrees’ recognised quality that opens career paths everywhere. We’re ranked inside the world’s top 50 universities in four subject areas; in the top 100 for another 12, and the top 150 for 10 more.*

Learn from world-leading research

As South Australia’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research-intensive universities, our researchers collaborate with industry, government and leading institutions around the globe to address the world’s greatest challenges.
Our research—rated 5/5 in over 40 distinct fields^ informs all our degrees. Importantly, it also generates a tangible community benefit. Our total contribution to South Australia’s economy is over $4.23 billion†.
* QS World University Rankings By Subject, 2019. ^ Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018. † London Economics, 2018. 
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