Social Science (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
The Social Science (Hons) degree from University College Dublin is the ideal choice if you know you want to work in a people-focused environment, and if you are interested in society and the social issues that face Ireland and the world today. 

About

Our first-rate lecturers will introduce you to social work, crime, environmental policy, development studies, social justice, business organisation and human resource management, and social media. During the Social Science (Hons) degree from University College Dublin you’ll learn about the complexities of life and the society in which you live, and how best to respond to human needs, including the needs of those who are marginalised.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This programme offers clear pathways that lead to a number of career opportunities and graduate courses. These are set out in detail in the diagram here. You will be offered guidance throughout your degree to ensure you are taking the most appropriate modules for your career goals.

International Study Opportunities

In your second year, you can apply to enter the four-year Bachelor of Social Science (International) degree. If accepted, you can attend one of our partner universities in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University College Dublin is a large (20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First Year

Subjects include:

  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Information and Social Computing
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology (Note: Psychology is not available as a major subject in second and third year but some Psychology modules may be offered within the paths listed below.)

Second & Third Year

  • Social Work
  • Environmental Policy
  • Development Studies
  • Human & Organisational
  • Rights, Justice and Society
  • Crime and Social Order
  • Social Media (Students can opt for a professional qualification in Librarianship within this path)


English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A):

    200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

When submitting an application to the CAO it must be accompanied by the following documentation (or followed by the documentation if applying on-line):

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results.
  • A certified English translation of qualifications not issued originally in English, in addition to the certified copies of the documents themselves.
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language if not through school-leaving qualifications.

In the absence of these documents and translations the application will not be processed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1,100 - 1,800 EUR/month
Living Costs

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

Funding

The State pays the tuition costs for eligible full-time, non-repeat undergraduate, EU/EEA/Swiss confederation students.

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.