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What will I learn?

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 organizations 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.


Development Studies


Environmental Humanities

Human Resource Management

Indigenous Studies

International Business

International Relations


Media, Culture and Technology


Politics and International Relations

Social Research and Policy

Sociology and Anthropology

Career Opportunities

Research officer

Policy analyst

Political adviser

Project officer

Research consultant

Social worker

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,960.00 (US$ 28,463) per year
AUD $1,15,560 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

15 February 2021, 31 May 2021, 13 September 2021


University of New South Wales - UNSW

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,


New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should have a high school qualifications, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognised prior study or university transfer.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic version only: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

UNSW Institute of Languages University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

About this uni

UNSW is a top 50 university with teachers who are global leaders in their fields.

  • 23rd most international university in the world
  • Based in Kensington, Sydney
  • Home to over 14,000 from over 120 countries
  • Won Most Popular Graduate Employer Award 2018