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Studying Social Science in Australia

One of the broadest areas of study is the social sciences. Studying social science in Australia can appeal to students that have various interests related to liberal arts, the humanities, politics, and even culture. The best universities in Australia offer a wide range of courses under the social sciences.

Social Science Courses in Australia

Because of the broad nature of this discipline, it is unsurprising that a large majority of students are enrolled in related courses. In Australia, the list of the best universities for social science in terms of student numbers enrolled is headed by Macquarie University (MQ), Monash University (Monash), and University of Sydney (Sydney). Each of these schools has a student body of more than fifteen thousand.

Social science programs in international relations, sociology, philosophy, and history are just a fewthat are offered by MQ. Despite the broad range of courses, all of them contain the key elements of human interaction, culture, and society. Other programs, such as those offered by Monash, give students the option to pursue a double degree combining a social science course with a business or education course.

At the postgraduate level, the field remains broad and offers opportunities for further learning. Postgraduate courses in the social sciences provide various opportunities for research and may focus on a single or a broad area of specialization. For example, students can choose from more than twenty-five postgraduate social science courses offered by Sydney.

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Table 1: Humanities Society and Culture Student Numbers in Australian Universities
Uni UG PG Total
Macquarie University (mq)15052271217764
Monash University (monash)12992396316955
University of Sydney (usyd)12043453016573
University of Queensland (uq)10332233612668
Deakin University (deakin)9267282512092
University of Western Sydney (uws)1138765112038
University of New South Wales (unsw)8793319711990
Australian National University (anu)5185669511880
University of Melbourne (unimelb)5732549611228
Charles Sturt University (csu)670829929700
Griffith University (griffith)698814278415
University of New England (une)619919228121
La Trobe University (latrobe)672011767896
Queensland University of Technology (qut)596115007461
Flinders University (flinders)516822147382
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)518511536338
University of Adelaide (adelaide)50309625992
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)49509835933
University of Western Australia (uwa)49407495689
Murdoch University (murdoch)47188665584
Australian Catholic University (acu)400512125217
University of Newcastle (newcastle)372014085128
Victoria University (vicuni)42368025038
University of Tasmania (utas)40526124664
University of Technology Sydney (uts)296215404502
Edith Cowan University (ecu)37277494476
University of Wollongong (wollongng)36925744266
RMIT University (rmit)274013794119
James Cook University (jcu)32926253917
University of South Australia (unisa)28696793548
University of Canberra (canberra)28825823464
University of Southern Queensland (usq)25814172998
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)22373002537
Southern Cross University (scu)20532172270
Charles Darwin University (cdu)18893132202
Bond University (bond)11338732006
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)16901981888
CQ University (cqu)15192471766
Federation University Australia (feduni)709127836


The percentages displayed in Table 2 show the weighting of students studying in the humanities society and culture area of study relative to the total number of students studying at the university in each category of undergraduate, postgraduate, and overall total.

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Table 2: Percentage Breakdown of Humanities Society and Culture Student Numbers
Uni ug% pg% Total%
Australian National University (anu)51.862.856.7
Macquarie University (mq)56.723.945.8
University of New England (une)45.929.838.8
Bond University (bond)35.942.833.1
Flinders University (flinders)37.826.332.4
University of Sydney (usyd)36.422.430.5
University of Western Sydney (uws)33.29.628.8
Monash University (monash)28.122.526.3
Deakin University (deakin)28.721.626.3
University of Queensland (uq)29.418.626
Charles Sturt University (csu)2526.824.8
La Trobe University (latrobe)26.214.823.3
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)25.624.423.1
Murdoch University (murdoch)24.121.923.1
University of New South Wales (unsw)27.41722.9
University of Adelaide (adelaide)27.313.222.7
University of Western Australia (uwa)24.613.222
Totals Average (mean) (%)23.320.321.8
University of Melbourne (unimelb)23.420.521.5
University of Canberra (canberra)23.916.621.2
Australian Catholic University (acu)20.422.320.3
Charles Darwin University (cdu)2813.820.3
Griffith University (griffith)21.216.319.5
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)19.815.618.7
Victoria University (vicuni)19.317.218.5
James Cook University (jcu)21.311.917.9
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)21.115.717.6
University of Tasmania (utas)19.811.217.4
Edith Cowan University (ecu)19.412.516.9
Queensland University of Technology (qut)17.514.116.4
Southern Cross University (scu)18.89.615.8
University of Newcastle (newcastle)15.615.414.1
University of Wollongong (wollongng)186.514
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)14.111.513.1
University of Technology Sydney (uts)12.412.312
University of Southern Queensland (usq)156.111.2
University of South Australia (unisa)11.79.110.8
CQ University (cqu)12.45.49.4
RMIT University (rmit)612.17.2
Federation University Australia (feduni)8.82.96.5

Key & Notes

* Percentages: - displayed percentages indicate the percentage of students studying in the social sciences area of study relative to all students enrolled at the university within each of the three categories

You might also be interested in the following pages:

- Total Student Numbers

- Undergraduate & Postgraduate Percentages

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