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Social Science, BSocSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Cork, Ireland
The Bachelor of Social Science degree at University College Cork invites you to study the social, cultural, psychological, political, and economic influences that shape the world we live in. 
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Over the course of three years, Social Science students develop highly valuable skills – including argumentation, problem-solving, critical thinking, writing, analytical, and research skills – that enable them to flourish as learners, people, professionals, active citizens, advocates, and activists.

On the Social Science course from University College Cork, you will examine social issues from many perspectives, and study several subjects including Social Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, and Economics. The course is designed on the understanding that this is the first time that most students are encountering the social sciences. As such, students are not expected to have prior knowledge of the various subjects and the first year is focused on introducing you to key concepts and theories.


The Social Science degree is ideally suited to those who are broadly interested in working with people in a social- and community-focused context. Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings and public and voluntary sector organisations, such as community and health services, probation, social care, local government, housing associations, and social service/advocacy groups.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Child care policy
  • Introduction to social work
  • Special education and disability
  • Mental health
  • Sexuality and society
  • Penal policy and society
  • Community development
  • Youth work
  • Education and welfare
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Sexuality and society

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. 
  • In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2685 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2685 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cork

  • 860 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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