Bachelor of Social Science

Studying UNSW’s new Bachelor of Social Science degree (previously Bachelor of Social Research & Policy), will give you the skills you need to influence policy, drive social change and make a real difference in the world. As a social scientist, you'll learn and develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse, gain insight into and challenge complex social, environmental and political problems. 

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

Gain Practical Experience

The Bachelor of Social Science gives you the opportunity to put theory into practice by undertaking a structured and supported 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./p>

In your final year, you’ll choose from a range of advanced courses to further build and consolidate the skills necessary for work in the field of social science. You can choose to complete a major social science project, gain the skills to conduct detailed quantitative research and data analysis, or learn how policy is formed with our brand-new course, Evidence for Policy Making.

Your Career

As a Social Science student, you will learn diverse, transferrable skills, like preparing research proposals, conducting social research, analysing data, critically examining policy and compiling reports, setting you up to thrive in a range of careers and sectors.

Our graduates are highly successful in gaining employment in diverse roles and areas such as community development, health, the environment, research and policy analysis, political advising, organisational management, marketing and market research, corporate affairs management and private consulting.

What our alumni say


"The Global Change Internship provided me with the opportunity to get experience outside the classroom which helped navigate where my degree could take me. After spending two months in Vientiane working with ChildFund Laos as the Communications Intern, I now feel as though I have a better understanding of what I need to consider when applying for overseas jobs with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and what I need to do beforehand to prepare myself."


–Ariadne Sofianidis, Bachelor of Social Research & Policy Alumni

-Read more about her internship experience


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

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