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: $187,500

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 No info Yes Part time 10 years
North Ryde No info Yes Full time 5 years

Macquarie – ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world – is an institution engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives.

Since its foundation 54 years ago, Macquarie has aspired to be a different type of university: one that’s focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society to advance world-class theoretical thinking and translate it into real-world solutions.

Macquarie is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct.

With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, students are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers. 

Macquarie’s courses ensure students graduate with the skills and experience that employers are looking for – which is why Macquarie is ranked in the top 10 in Australia for graduate employment.

Macquarie’s courses are designed in consultation with industry and focus on practical, ‘real-world’ learning. Such learning is facilitated through unique programs such as the award-winning Global Leadership Program, recognised as Australia’s

flagship tertiary global leadership program; PACE (Professional and Community Engagement), the only program of its kind in Australia that gives students practical, work-integrated experience that’s fully integrated into their course; and one of Australia’s best exchange programs, which allows students to gain academic credit at one of 150 global partners along with job-ready skills before they graduate.

Macquarie’s 126-hectare campus in North Ryde is connected to the Sydney CBD by fast and efficient transport – 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by train.

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Macquarie at a glance

* Ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world

* Five QS stars in teaching, employability, research, facilities, internationalisation, innovation, inclusiveness and specialist criteria

* Ranked among the top 130 universities in the world for employability (QS graduate employability rankings, 2018)

* 10 subjects ranked in top 100 globally (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018)

* More than 150 partner universities for student exchange in more than 40 countries

* More than 30,000 work placements or community experiences through PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) partnerships

* More than 300 industry partners on campus or in the adjacent high?tech precinct, providing access to internship and job opportunities

* $1 billion invested to create a collaborative campus with world-class facilities and infrastructure

* Located in the heart of Sydney’s fastest-growing region, only 15 kilometres from the Sydney CBD

* Over 184,000 alumni from more than 140 countries

* Australia’s first fully integrated health precinct centred around the on-campus hospital

* One hundred per cent of research activity rated at world standard or above

* Thirty researchers in the top one per cent of scientific authors in the world


Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)



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