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Field of Study

Health and Social Policy

Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)

Develop specialised social science research skills and theory-informed critical thinking to current social and health policy issues.

Specialising in Health and Social Policy during your Honours year will enable you to enhance your capacity for independent research and to extend research skills appropriate to the fields of Health Social Science and Social Policy Studies.

You will apply research design skills to current social and health policy issues such as vaccine hesitancy, climate change and mental health, smoking and alcohol intake during pregnancy.

You will study a combination of core courses as well as undertake independent research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a supervisor. 


1 in Queensland for social sciences

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

4 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2022

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Health policy analyst
  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • Social and government researcher
  • Academic researcher
  • Health researcher
  • University lecturer

How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Research experience
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Research Design
  • Advanced Disciplinary Studies & Practices
  • Work Integrated Project
  • Honours Research Thesis

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