Social science

Gain an in-demand qualification in just six months when you undertake one of our government funded short courses.

What would you like to study?

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 now, and on campus later

Based on current information, most Semester 1 2021 courses are expected to have a mix of face-to-face and online learning activities. Facilitated learning, such as tutorials, workshops, labs, studios, practicals and lectorials, will be delivered face-to-face on campus, where possible, with safety measures in place.

The majority of our social science courses are held at our City campus. When you return to campus, you’ll have access to a range of student facilities, vibrant local amenities and public transport.

In addition to these facilities, depending on your area of study, you may have access to the RMIT Health Services Clinic which facilitates supervised contact and learning with the public. You may also work with the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR), which undertakes research and promotes public debate on key areas of social change and social policy.

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


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.”


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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