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Business, Economic and Social Studies

Trinity College Dublin

48 months
20609 EUR/year
2681 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Business, Economic and Social Studies programme of Trinity College Dublin is a flexible degree programme offering you 10 different degree options across the disciplines of Business, Economics, Political Science and Sociology.


What is Business, Economic and Social Studies (B.E.S.S.)?

The Business, Economic and Social Studies programme of Trinity College Dublin provides students with a broad education, and you will have the option to graduate with a Single Honours or Joint Honours degree with another subject or a Major with a Minor. It also offers a high level of flexibility in two very important ways: from the second year onwards students are allowed to (a) choose the specific degree they wish to take and, (b) choose individual modules within their chosen degree path. Students, therefore, have an opportunity to adjust their study programmes in accordance with their academic results, interests, aptitudes and emerging career aspirations.

B.E.S.S.: The course for you?

The disciplines of Business, Economics, Political Science and Sociology all examine the world around us, analysing how it works and asking the big questions.

Where they differ is in the things they look at and the way they examine them. In your first year as a B.E.S.S. student, you will be introduced to each discipline’s unique but complimentary approach to studying the complex world that we live in. From the second year onwards, the flexible programme structure allows you to choose the disciplines that appeal to you, along with the specific topics that interest you, through a wide range of modules within each discipline. Graduates invariably tell us that it is this broad, flexible approach that allowed them to build the knowledge and insights that they rely on progressively as they advance to more senior positions in their careers.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

From a career perspective B.E.S.S. is an extremely flexible and practical degree programme. Graduates are also highly sought after by employers in a range of fields, such as in finance and banking, politics, research, management consulting, teaching, public service, journalism, within both national and international organisations within the profit, not for profit and public sector. Graduates have gone on to successful and rewarding careers in varied roles around the globe. The following are just a few examples of the organisations that have recruited B.E.S.S. graduates: Accenture, Alcatel, Cisco, Barclay’s Bank, Commission for Energy Regulation, Enterprise Ireland, Google, KPMG, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Tesco, Topshop, Channel 4 and Atlantic Philanthropies.

Programme Structure

First year

  • In the first year you will take all four subjects: business, economics, political science and sociology

Second year

  • In second year you can choose to continue with one, two or even introduce a third subject and could, for example, take modules ranging from Intermediate Economics to International Politics, to an Introduction to Social Theory and modules from a list of available Trinity Electives or complementary/open modules

Third and fourth years

  • In third year, following on from your second year, you continue to pursue either three of the four subjects, two of the four subjects, or one of the four subjects.
  • In the fourth year you may choose to take one or two subject and can exit with a Single Honours, Major with Minor or Joint Honours award. All students will complete a capstone project in their final year.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Leaving Certificate: O4/H6 Mathematics
  • GSCE: Grade B/6 Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate: SL Grade 5 Mathematics
  • Final second level qualification results
  • IELTS, Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency, TOEFL scores, for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Academic transcripts for each year of third level study and all third level qualifications awarded
  • SAT, AP or ACT scores (US and Canadian applicants only)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Passport
  • Application fee (non-refundable) and application fee payment form

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20609 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20609 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2681 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2681 EUR per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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