Bachelor of Human Sciences

Macquarie University

Community and health services is the fastest-growing job sector in Australia due to a greater focus on support for people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and an ageing population. One in four new jobs created between 2013 and 2018 will be in community services and the health industry. This course can equip you to work in this dynamic area and give you the skills to make a positive difference in the lives of others. KEY FEATURES This course offers a large amount of flexibility you'll be given the time to explore a range of interests and career options before committing to a specific discipline. You'll have the opportunity to major in one or even two areas that particularly interest you. You'll connect knowledge about human services and wellbeing with biology, psychology, linguistics, sociology, education and health. You'll learn to use scientific enquiry to critically assess situations and help to provide human health, community and wellbeing services. You'll have the opportunity to participate in Macquarie's PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program which takes you out of the lecture theatre and gives you the chance to gain relevant workplace experience in a professional or community setting. You can combine this course with one of Macquarie's highly sought-after psychology courses. Completion of certain majors provides the required academic background for postgraduate study in areas such as physiotherapy (Human Movement major) and audiology. MAJORS Bachelor of Human Sciences with a Major in Cognitive and Brain Sciences Bachelor of Human Sciences with a Major in Communication Disorders Bachelor of Human Sciences with a Major in Community Services Bachelor of Human Sciences with a Major in Counselling Theory and Principles Bachelor of Human Sciences with a Major in Human Movement Bachelor of Human Sciences with a Major in Language and Professional Communication Bachelor of Human Sciences with a Major in Public Health: Policy and Promotion SUITABLE FOR Those who want to work in health and community services and are looking to develop a career path around helping others. Also suitable for those who wish to qualify to apply for postgraduate studies in audiology and physiotherapy. The Bachelor of Human Sciences degree encompasses the biological, psychological and social dimensions of health for practice or a role in health professions other than medicine, nursing or dentistry. Career Opportunities A Macquarie course can set your dream career in motion. PROFESSIONS This degree will prepare you for employment opportunities in areas where skills in public health policy, promotion and education, community-based care and disability services, are needed. Careers opportunities include: health promoter and educator community development worker international aid and development worker community care manager health and social researcher health and community program manager community health and social advocate health policy planner/administrator research and policy development physical activity and nutrition (after further study) audiology (after further study) physiotherapist (after further study) EMPLOYERS Local, state and national level health departments and agencies Private health sector Community service organisations Local, national and international non-government organisations International aid and development organisations

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 080285G
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 3 years
Course University Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds.


Recognised internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia.Our research is leading the way in ground-breaking discoveries. Our academics are at the forefront of innovation and, as accomplished researchers, we are embracing the opportunity to tackle the big issues of our time.


Led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton, Macquarie is home to five faculties. The fifth and newest – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – was formed in 2014. We are also home to some of Australia’s most exceptional facilities – hubs of innovation that unite our students, researchers, academics and partners to achieve extraordinary things.The Macquarie story,Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples,Strategy and initiatives Governance,Faculties and departments,Offices and units Job opportunities Our campus Campus services and facilities News and events Contacts and maps.



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