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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Bachelor of Social Science with Honours

This course is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in the areas of Psychology or Sociology, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies. Completion of the degree to the standard of Honours Class II Division 2 or better is the normal mode of entry to the research degree of Master of Philosophy. Completion to the standard of Honours Class II Division 1 or better is the normal mode of entry to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Campus Information


Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquility of New England on a rural property.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional or Conditional Offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

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

Job Opportunity Potential

Attaining an honours degree to a high standard will enable you to progress your studies to a master’s degree or PhD with potential for a career in academia. The required standards to enable entry to candidature are:  

  • Master of Philosophy research degree — Honours Class II Division 2 or higher  
  • Doctor of Philosophy — Honours Class II Division 1 or higher. 

Careers outside academia include positions in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including: 

  • policy advisers 
  • planning and research officers for state/federal government 
  • market and social researchers 
  • personnel officers 
  • human resource management. 

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3., a candidate for admission to the honors course shall:

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 degree of Bachelor of Social Science from the University of New England; and
  • (b) have attained a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and
  • (c) have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in their chosen area of study; and
  • (d) have passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed: and
  • (e) have fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the School or area concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the School to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2. (b), (c), (d) and (e), may be admitted to the honors course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Social Science with Honours.