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Social Research & Policy

“I am thoroughly enjoying the Social Research & Policy (SRAP) degree. I seem to consistently find parallels between the SRAP course content, and my ambitions with my ARTS Major Development Studies and my work in Management Consultancy.

Where Development Studies and Management Consultancy are both at their core about theorising and enacting change, SRAP I feel provides me the base skills and knowledge in what lies behind change so I can engage in those fields more competently and confidently.

Without the content SRAP teaches, I feel I would be moving forward in my career missing a core pillar of understanding. I'm excited about the 2 years ahead of me!”

- Lennon White, Bachelor of Social Research & Policy, 2017


Inform political decision making

As a social researcher you will inform public debate and political decision making. In the Bachelor of Social Research & Policy you will develop knowledge and skills in research and analysis that are needed to understand complex social, environmental and economic problems.

This is the degree to choose if you are passionate about social issues and want to contribute towards positive change in the local and global community.


What will I study?

You will study ten core courses covering social science, policy analysis and research methods, and a vocational placement program. This will be combined with your choice of a major (ten courses) and four electives.


As a Social Research and Policy student, your choice of major provides disciplinary knowledge in at least one area, complimenting your social science training.

Majors can include:

  • Development Studies
  • Economics*
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Human Resource Management*
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Business*
  • Marketing*
  • Media Culture & Technology
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Sociology & Anthropology

*Major offered by UNSW Business School

Practical experience

Our Social Research and Policy degree gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience related to your area of interest.

Vocational placements

Third year students may be able to pursue a structured and supported vocational placement designed to provide an understanding of organisational contexts and the development of professional skills.

A range of placements will be offered to students including:

  • UNSW Research Centres
  • UNSW administrative branches and other relevant UNSW organisations
  • mentoring placement with UNSW academic staff members
  • organisations outside UNSW organised by the internship coordinator
  • organisations identified by the student and agreed upon by the Internship coordinator

Major Social Research Project

You will also complete a major Social Research project that will bring together the research and analytical skills necessary for research and policy-related work.

This project will include preparation of a research proposal, literature review and the completion of a research project embodying the results of the research.

Past Social Research and Policy research topics have included:

  • Newstart – impact and perceptions
  • E-trafficking - using new technologies in the context of human trafficking
  • Degrees of difference? A preliminary study into the composition of criminology degrees at Australian universities


A career in social change

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Social Research and Policy you are equipped to design research, evaluate policy, conduct interviews, field high quality social surveys, use statistics, and understand their role in social change.

Through your degree you will develop the following skills:

  • report writing
  • policy analysis and evaluation
  • critical and analytical skills
  • presentation skills
  • information management and research design
  • project management

Where are they now?

Our Social Research and Policy graduates are highly successful in gaining employment in diverse roles and areas such as:

Public sector

  • research officer
  • policy analyst
  • political adviser
  • project officer

Community sector

  • program management
  • community development
  • information management
  • health
  • environment
  • disability
  • advocacy and innovation

Private sector

  • organisational management
  • marketing
  • market research
  • corporate affairs management
  • private consultant
  • research consultant


Getting involved

When you study the Bachelor of Social Research and Policy at UNSW, you have further opportunities to gain ‘real world’ experience through a variety of options both locally and globally including:

Overseas exchange program

Why not spend a term overseas at a partner university and receive credit towards your Social Research and Policy degree at UNSW.

UNSW has over 200 partner universities in over 38 countries, giving you the opportunity to live, study and travel in a new country.


A fourth year honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Social Research and Policy.

Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised and extended research, to further develop research and analytical skills and expand graduate options.

Internship program

As a student of Social Research and Policy you have the option to enrol in an additional degree credit Vocational Placement (Internship) Course to gain further professional experience.

Dual degrees

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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