Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
Building on your bachelor degree, this program enhances and widens your learning horizons, giving you access to a fuller and more advanced range of professional and research practices.
Learn to advocate for equity and human rights, and engage with the academic world of social sciences while you become part of a network of talented students providing fresh insights and information to communities.
You will be encouraged to critically consider how knowledge of social, political, economic, cultural, environmental and other related issues is constructed and represented in political and public debate across a range of contexts.
This program will prepare you for policy and administration roles in the private and public sectors. Many graduates continue on to higher degrees through research or qualify for policy and research positions outside the education sector.
This program uses a variety of teaching and learning approaches including:
- interactive coursework seminars
- case studies to apply theoretical knowledge
- syndicate and industry workshops in selected courses to enhance interaction and build collaborative abilities
- individual study arrangements to provide self-paced options
Assessment activities might incorporate written, oral, group and online components.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program is overseen and supported by the Social Sciences Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which is comprised of representatives from many organisations in the sector.
The organisations and agencies represented on the PAC are consulted with about the program design, development and delivery. Their involvement ensures that courses within the program are vocationally relevant, meet the needs of graduate employers and is up to date with latest industry issues.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The central focus of this program is your thesis project, which is supported by individual and small group interaction with staff, peers and industry experts.
Your thesis project will focus on a topic of your choice, negotiated with a supervisor, to allow you to address a policy-related research and development issue. It will also provide a foundation for you to pursue further study or your career aspirations.
The thesis project will have an assessable outcome equivalent to between 15,000 and 20,000 words, spread over the 2 semesters.
In addition, you will complete a total of 2 core subjects that will assist in writing your thesis, as well as 2 elective subjects related to social policy theory and sustainability.
RMIT’s close industry ties and strengths in social and political theory enables you to tailor your thesis to current trends within the public policy, social research and community services sectors.
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|Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)||City Campus||
One Year Full Time or Two Years Part Time
One Year Full Time
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Program code: BH016
Upon graduation, you will be able to work effectively in a variety of professional environments within the public and private sectors. As a critical and reflective practitioner, you'll consider issues using a range of social perspectives and disciplines to advance principles of social equality and harmony.
Employers value an honours degree because it demonstrates higher-order research, analysis and writing skills.
You will be able to demonstrate sensitivity in working in culturally and linguistically diverse environments and lead debate within organisations on policy process and research issues.
- policy officer
- social researcher
- case manager
- political analyst
- policy adviser
- speech writer
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.