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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Bachelor of Social Science

Global solutions for a better tomorrow. Address the major social challenges of our time with a strong ethical compass.

Explore how to address pressing social issues – such as poverty and inequality, Indigenous peoples and injustice, health and illness, and the social impacts of climate change – at local, national and international levels.

You'll gain a strong grounding in social justice, policy research and links to community and industry, and create a strong foundation in the practice-based skills, values and knowledge needed to address key social problems. Practical workforce skills include public policy design and evaluation, social impact assessment, public advocacy, social planning and research.

Third-year students gain valuable experience in social research by undertaking a supervised project linked with a community or industry partner.

You'll specialise in a particular area of interest and graduate equipped with relevant and marketable skills, including policy making and advocacy, public communication, cross-cultural awareness, report writing, project management and social research.

Program highlights

  • Develop the skills, values and knowledge that are sought after by employers who want to create change in the world.
  • Learn policy making and advocacy, public communication, cross-cultural awareness, report writing, project management and social research.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the real world by undertaking a supervised, year-long research project.

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Development
  • Environment and Society
  • Health and Society
  • Social and Public Policy

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Bachelor's 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry scores
All international applicants need to have successfully completed Queensland Year 12 (or an equivalent qualification) and meet the minimum entry score for this program.

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B; plus two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics C or Physics, at least one of which must be Chemistry or Physics.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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