Bachelor of Social Research & Policy

 The UNSW Bachelor of Social Research and Policy is a three-year, full-time (or six-year, part-time) degree that prepares students for a career as a social policy expert. As a social researcher, you'll develop knowledge and skills in research and analysis that are needed to understand complex social, environmental and political problems. 

In this degree, you'll study a variety of core courses in social policy, policy analysis and research methods. You'll also complete practical, work-integrated learning experience with the opportunity to see how UNSW Research Centres, not-for-profits and government organisations run. You'll experience first-hand what it is like working in the field of social policy.   

Gain Practical Experience  

Our Social Research and Policy degree gives you the opportunity to put theory into practice as you undertake a work placement matched with your interests and career aspirations. It’s an opportunity for you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to the ‘real world’ and get an insight into the theory-practice connection. You will get guidance and support through coursework materials, academic support and placement supervisors enabling reflexive practice. 

You'll also complete a major Social Research project that will bring together the research and analytical skills necessary for research and policy-related work. Our students have worked on research projects focused on environmental protection, animal rights, human rights and refugee issues. 

Your Career

The skills you’ll develop in the Bachelor of Social Research and Policy, like preparing research proposals, reports, literature reviews, and analysing data and policies, are transferable in diverse roles within the public, community and private sector. Our graduates move onto careers as research officers, policy analyst and political advisors in the public and private sectors.

What Our Students Say

Samantha Cooper

"I often have those a-ha moments in the workplace when I realise that something that I studied at uni makes complete sense in a professional context. It is great to realise that if I hadn’t studied my degree I would have viewed that situation completely differently, or not viewed it as critically. A lot of the work that I do around survey design would not have been possible without the knowledge and skills, and ways of thinking, that I gained in my degree”.


– Samantha Cooper, Bachelor of Social Research and Policy Alumn 

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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