Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws

Macquarie University

This double degree combines the fundamentals of the legal system and social research, with applied social science skills. Students will develop an understanding of how we make sense of the world, the questions we ask about it, and be challenged to think about not only why we ask these questions, but also what we can and should do with the answers we find. Within the degree there is a strong emphasis on social research design, methods, practice and application across a range of data analysis techniques and technologies. This emphasis provides students with a flexible set of vocational skills and capabilities offering an understanding of issues in culturally diverse social environments in both local and global contexts. They will be prepared for a wide variety of research and policy-related careers in both the private and public sectors. This double degree combines social research skills and policy skills with an in-depth understanding of legal principles such as constitutional law, contract law, family law and international law. Students will also look at areas of contemporary concern such as consumer law, environmental law, health law and information technology law.

Course Fee:

International: $181,500

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent


120 credit points; minimum 75 credit points at 200 level or higher; minimum 63 credit points at 300 level or higher; minimum 72 credit points with a LAW prefix; completion of a qualifying major for the Bachelor of Social Science.

Subjects you can Study:

Anthropology; Criminology; Development studies and culture change; Gender studies; Human geography; Indigenous studies; International relations; Law and governance; Philosophy; Political economy and social policy; Politics; Psychological science; Public policy; Social justice; Sociolinguistics; Sociology; Statistics

Further information:

This course is only available in internal attendance mode.


Graduates are entitled to admission to professional practice in NSW, subject to the requirements of professional training.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Ryde 96 Yes Full time 5 years
North Ryde 96 Yes Part time 10 years
Established in Sydney in 1964, Macquarie University is a progressive voice among universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Created during a time of extraordinary social transformation to be a different kind of university, it was and will always be a bold experiment in higher education.

True to its founders' vision, the University has challenged the conventional thinking of academia through innovations in its campus set-up, curricula, interdisciplinary research, and engagement with industry and the wider community.

More than 40,000 students are enrolled annually across five faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Human Sciences, and Science and Engineering.

Over the years, the campus has become a magnet for a constellation of companies - all local and global leaders in dynamic sectors including information technology and healthcare - which means greater access to career opportunities for its graduates.

The University is imbuing all of its undergraduate curricula with an emphasis on civic and professional participation. Its PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program takes students into working and social environments that enrich their experiences and connections, and open their minds to engaging as active world citizens.

The Macquarie University campus in North Ryde is connected to the Sydney CBD by fast and efficient transport - 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by train.

Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

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