What will I learn?

What is Sociology and Social Policy?

Sociology and Social Policy combines the study of social theory, social policy and social research. The programme aims to give you a thorough training in the systematic study of society, contemporary social issues and the role of social policy in comparative country contexts. At the end of your four years you should have developed both a general sociological understanding, specific expertise in various contemporary policy issues as well as in the process of policy making.

Sociology and Social Policy: The course for you?

Curious about social and economic policy issues around the world? Searching for a course that demands both academic and vocational qualities? Interested in understanding society, its social problems and have a desire to make a difference? Then Sociology and Social Policy may be the degree for you. It is a unique programme which combines the study of social theory, social policy and social research.

It is particularly relevant to students intending to pursue a career in research, social policy analysis and evaluation, management and planning within the social services, both voluntary and statutory, as well as to those with a general interest in society and social policy.

Sociology and Social Policy @ Trinity

Trinity’s School of Social Sciences and Philosophy is at the forefront of research and teaching across the disciplines of Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology and the Sociology Department is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the top 40 in Europe and in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018).

Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy consists of a community of scholars with internationally recognised expertise and excellence in policy issues and research, making it uniquely placed to forge connections between teaching, research and policy influence. Social Policy in Trinity has achieved a ranking in the QS top 50-100 universities worldwide, which is the highest ranking for a university in Ireland in this subject category.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

The range of employment opportunities in the area of social and public policy continues to expand. This is a particularly relevant degree for those interested in pursuing a career in the formulation of policy in the public sector, community development and voluntary/non-profit sectors. Graduates of the programme have secured employment as social researchers, policy analysts government advisors and journalists recruited by companies such as Eurodesk (Brussels Link), the Web Summit, Inner City Organisation Network, Focus Ireland, Migrant Rights Centre, the public service, Reiss and various education facilities, to name but a few.

The course also provides a solid foundation for specialist postgraduate courses in the areas of social research, social policy and social work.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
€20,609.00 (18,09,417) per year
EU Student Contribution: €3,000, EU fee in total: €5,681; Please refer Trinity College Dublin website for more up-to-date fee details.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

September 2021, February 2022

Venue

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green,

Dublin 2,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed high school; To be considered for admission to the University you must: Present six subjects at grade C or above on IGCSE/ GCSE or Advanced Subsidiary GCE (AS) papers. Two of these subjects must be at grade C or above on Advanced GCE (A-Level) papers. The six subjects above must include: A pass in English and A pass in mathematics and a pass in a language other than English or a pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language. TOEFL: Internet based 90 (with a written score of 21). University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), First Certificate Grade A (CEFR Level C1); IELTS: (Academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59).

For international students

Applicants must have completed a high school qualification equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. General matriculation requirements include pass grades in English, mathematics and a language other than English. Additional requirements may apply for some courses.

  • TOEFL: Internet based 90 (with a written score of 21).
  • University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English i.e. Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), First Certificate
  • Grade A (CEFR Level C1); IELTS: (Academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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