Social science

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Why study social science at RMIT?

Ranked #1 globally for reducing inequality*

Learn from experts with strong links to industry

Gain practical experience with 140 days of work placements

Discover social science

Make an impact

Engage with the challenges of a rapidly changing world, and prepare for a career in local and international organisations, businesses and government agencies.

Be the voice of the marginalised or a part of finding solutions that address global problems. Lead debate on social issues, or be the crucial link between people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

You’ll learn from passionate and engaged academics and teachers who actively work towards a fairer world for all.

RMIT’s social science undergraduate and postgraduate cater for those at all career levels, from pre-service all the way up to career professionals.

Career outcomes

A rewarding career

Social science spans multiple fields, and gives you the opportunity to work with youths, provide psychological services, act as a translator, and so much more. A career in social science can be immensely rewarding.

Industry connections

Gain the real-world edge through practical experience

At RMIT, we prioritise industry-based and practical learning that allows you to graduate job-ready for a rewarding career.

Many of our social science courses offer internships or placements, so you'll be able to apply your new knowledge with almost immediate effect. Students have secured placements with organisations including the United Nations, the Australian Chamber of Commerce, NGO, and various government departments including the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), CSIRO, and Parks Victoria.

Close industry links and Program Advisory Committee member organisations for social science include the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Salvation Army Crisis Services, Oxfam Australia, Centrelink, and more.

Facilities and locations

Study online and on campus in the heart of Melbourne

The learning experience at RMIT is blended with a mix of face-to-face and online activities so you can learn flexibly through digital content, enjoy opportunities to interact with others and access the amazing specialist equipment and spaces RMIT offers.

At our bustling and vibrant City campus, you’ll have a wide range of facilities at your fingertips. From award-winning buildings to collaborative students' hubs, you’ll feel inspired in RMIT’s state-of-the-art spaces.

I always wanted to be able to come home from what I was doing and feel good about what I’d done that day. It was incredible to see how valued the skills we learned in the course were. They’re so good, a lot of my classmates were getting job offers straight off the back of getting a Certificate III.

– Elizabeth Jones, Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Experience social science at RMIT

Talisha

Meet Talisha – Master of Public Policy

After working as a volunteer, Talisha Ohanessian wanted to help address the structural problems and systems that can disadvantage people in need. That’s where her Master of Public Policy comes in.

“The Master of Public Policy seemed to build upon a real social policy or sociology foundation. This was really important to me, because I think understanding the systemic causes underlying an issue is imperative to effective policy, rather than a quick fix.”

Anna

Meet Daniel – Youth Work and Youth Studies

An inspiring industry placement during Daniel's Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies led to his full-time employment.

"The highlight was the opportunity to complete a student placement. Through it, I was able to put my learning into practice.

I wanted to immerse myself in a university that would not only teach me how to be a good youth worker, but also how to adapt to changes within the field."

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*Source: 2020 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.