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Bachelor of Media / Social Sciences

Arts, Design & Architecture
Seek and solve problems to improve life on earth
Make a real difference and shape an inclusive tomorrow that’s better for all. With the UNSW Bachelor of Media/Social Sciences double degree, you’ll learn strategies to engage others, communicate effectively and bring about positive change through political influence.
Commencing Terms
Term 1, 2 & 3
4 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
UAC code 422302
Program code 3345
CRICOS code 110678E
Entry Requirements
ATAR/2023 lowest selection rank
View all admission criteria
2024 Indicative first year full fee
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
Postgraduate students in class


The Bachelor of Media / Bachelor of Social Sciences program is a four-year double degree that develops meaningful communication skills and prepares you for making authentic societal impacts. Learn strategies to interest, inform, and inspire others while discovering how to bring about positive change through political influence.   

Social scientists inform public debate and shape the policies that affect society. They analyse and understand myriad political, international, social, environmental, and economic challenges through social research skills and real-life experience. You’ll blend comprehensive social knowledge and analytical skills with specialist strategies for public relations and advertising, communications and journalism, screen production, cinema studies, or media studies. 

Prepare to enlighten the future through creative thinking, problem-solving, professional persuasion, and communication. You'll build industry knowledge, learning from experts in practical and theoretical classes. With solid opportunities for work experiences in Australia and overseas, you’ll unlock the expertise needed to establish a global career with a positive impact. 

Key features

World-leading researchers and practitioners  
Learn from teachers who are also world-leading researchers, breaking new ground in understanding how media work, from artificial intelligence to activism, to the politics of race and gender. Have your skills honed by experienced practitioners, many of whom still make films, grow brands, and write for leading publications. Glean deep insights from industry leaders who appear as guest speakers in the classroom.  

Purpose-driven community  
Become part of a collective dedicated to solving global issues. Diverse classmates, teachers, researchers, and practitioners support your goals and share knowledge. Develop influential diplomacy and collaboration skills through student-led organisations and volunteer groups. Our community focuses on resolving global challenges through collaboration.  

Practical experience, here and overseas  
Take advantage of our opportunities to build outstanding employability. Learn industry technologies in state-of-the-art production spaces. Connect with our industry partners on internships or international projects. Confidence comes with experience, and this double degree integrates professional development at every level.  

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • We are ranked 2nd in Australia and 27th globally for Social Sciences according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2024
  • State-of-the-art production spaces  
  • Practical, work-integrated courses  
  • Access close ties to the media industry  
  • International study exchange opportunities 
  • A diverse, creative, and inclusive community  
  • Connect with a global alumni network  
Program Code
UAC Code
Total Units of Credit (UOC)

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Entry requirements

2023 Lowest Selection Rank
2023 A levels
2023 IB Diploma
2023 Lowest ATAR
    1. The 2023 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023.
    2. The 2023 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2023 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2023 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Portfolio Entry 

At UNSW ADA, you will find the freedom and support to design the future you want. An ADA Portfolio Entry submission will demonstrate your passions alongside your best work, to boost your chances of admission to a bachelor’s degree of your choice. For more information and to see specific guidelines for portfolio submissions visit UNSW Portfolio Entry. 

Assumed knowledge


Adjustment Factors

We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways

Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways

If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

English language requirements

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Study areas

Combine your interests for a unique career connected to your talents and passions. In a double degree, you focus on two areas of expertise to graduate with more knowledge, skills, and career options.  Despite the name, it's not double the workload. A double degree combines the core components of two programs. You'll graduate with two certificates sooner than studying two consecutive degrees. Choose one media specialisation and one social sciences major. 

Full program structure

In the Bachelor of Media / Bachelor of Social Sciences you’ll choose a specialisation in media and in social sciences. The program consists of 32 individual courses, which are the 16 disciplinary courses of each degree. As a full-time student, you’ll typically study eight courses a year. You can study part-time and also take advantage of a flexible study load. For detailed information on the full program structure, visit the handbook.  

    • Whether you want to study more or fewer courses in any term, the choice is yours. Our flexible academic calendar means you can graduate faster or take your time to study abroad, complete an additional internship, or fit your study around other commitments. 

    • Broaden your horizons and study overseas for a term. Choose an international exchange at one of UNSW’s 300 partners in more than 30 countries. UNSW encourages a global mindset, which means overseas study can count towards your degree. You may also be eligible for financial support to help cover international studies costs. 

    • Whether you have a learning difficulty or could benefit from extra guidance, you’ll find free UNSW academic skills support such as toolkits, tutors, and workshops. UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture students and academics are supportive, diverse, and inclusive – it’s easy to ask for advice.

Future careers

More than just a foot in the door or a pathway towards landing your first job, this degree will set you up with the professional and creative skills you’ll need to thrive throughout your career. Turn your time with us into a future that celebrates your passion and purpose. 

    • Advocate  
    • Campaign manager  
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official  
    • International business consultant  
    • Local government official  
    • Non-government organisation official  
    • Policy analyst  
    • Political adviser  
    • Political journalist  
    • Project officer  
    • Program manager  
    • Research consultant  
    • Research officer  
    • Tourism and trade adviser  
    • United Nations official  
    • Advertising strategist  
    • Advertising account executive  
    • Communications officer  
    • Content producer  
    • Community engagement adviser  
    • Digital communications coordinator  
    • Government media adviser  
    • Journalist or feature writer  
    • Internal communications specialist  
    • Marketing executive  
    • Media account executive  
    • Media relations adviser  
    • Public relations consultant  
    • Social media manager  
    • Video presenter  
    • Animator  
    • App developer  
    • Advertising creative  
    • Cinematographer  
    • Digital editor  
    • Digital producer  
    • Filmmaker  
    • Game designer  
    • Interactive media designer  
    • Screenwriter  
    • Sound producer  
    • Television producer  
    • Video producer  
    • Website content manager  

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree

Commonwealth Supported Place: Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.


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