Diploma of Social Sciences

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Diploma of Social Sciences is designed to provide candidates who have already completed a bachelor's degree in a different field with an academic foundation in the social sciences. The diploma allows you to progress to an honours year or further postgraduate study in your chosen field.

A social sciences qualification is ideal for those who wish to develop personal and professional skills as a basis for employment or as a foundation for postgraduate study. The additional honours year provides outstanding candidates with the opportunity for focused study and research, working under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Course outline

Study plan

Candidates of the Diploma of Social Sciences undertake units of study to a value of 48 credit points (cp) over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. At least 36 senior cp must be undertaken in a specific subject area.


What is a major?

A major consists of 36 credit points senior credit points including 6 credit points at 3000 level. Different majors have specific requirements, such as compulsory units of study. The requirements of each major can be found in the Faculty handbook.

Core majors

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course opportunities

The Diploma of Social Sciences allows for students to take part in an international exchange. This allows students to enhance their language skills and cultural knowledge.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the Diploma of Social Sciences depend on the area of study undertaken. A diploma is often a springboard to a postgraduate degree or a way of focusing your study in a particular area by doing a short course.


Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Diploma of Social Sciences requires the applicant to:
(a)be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Sydney; or
(b)be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution; or
(c)have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on subjects selected. Most subject areas in Political, Economic and Social Science require no previous knowledge. Please see the Faculty of Arts Handbook for details.

International students

How to apply

Not available to International Students