Social researchers inform public debate and political decision-making. This degree develops knowledge and skills in research and analysis to help you understand complex social, environmental and economic problems. Core courses cover social science, policy analysis and research methods.

Students can gain practical experience through real-world coursework activities, vocational placements (internships), overseas exchange programs or by getting involved in student organisations or volunteering.

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

Program Code


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Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments



  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Human Resource Management
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Marketing
  • Media, Culture and Technology
  • Politics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Social Research and Policy
  • Sociology and Anthropology

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Double degree options

Dual mode (120 UOC) made up of: 1. Core Social Research and Policy courses (54 UOC) 2. Prescribed Social Research and Policy elective (6 UOC) 3. One major stream (60 UOC) from the approved list Dual mode is available in 3937 Science/Social Research & Policy, 3938 Advanced Science/Social Research & Policy, 4044 Social Work (Honours)/Social Research & Policy, 4771 Social Research & Policy/Law, and 4815 Art Theory/Social Research & Policy.

Career opportunities

  • Research officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Political adviser
  • Project officer
  • Research consultant
  • Social worker

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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