The Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree offered at the University of Newcastle gives students opportunities to undertake advanced study in human society

Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

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Social Science with Honours at the University of Newcastle

Study a social science degree with Honours at the University of Newcastle and consolidate your learning through advanced study.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a PhD.

If you have completed a Bachelor of Social Science or related discipline, and have a minimum credit grade point average, a further Honours year will give you the opportunity to consolidate your learning by undertaking advanced study. An Honours degree also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills by carrying out an independent research project which will provide a pathway to research higher degree study.

Common areas of employment for Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) graduates include social research, management and policy work for government and non-government agencies. You may also find work in the private sector which relate to your major, for instance graduates of the welfare specialisation may find work with a variety of government and private welfare agencies.

For more detailed program information about the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree, please refer to the handbook.


You usually apply for Honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To be accepted for entry you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Social Science or equivalent with a credit grade point average (GPA).

Contact Dr Ann Taylor in the Faculty of Education and Arts on +61 2 4921 6834.

Find out more about Honours scholarships.