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Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) (Hons) in Social Policy and Sociology University College Dublin




Course info


Why is this course for me?

The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) at University College Dublin is the premier honours degree of its kind in Ireland. It is the standard qualification for those working in policy making and social services and recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. If you are interested in exploring how societies, communities and families work and wish to make a difference to the world, affect cultural change, contribute to public service or corporate responsibility, then this course is for you.

What Will I Study

The course explores key social issues affecting societies in the European Union, the USA and East Asia: poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, social stratification, criminal justice, globalisation, gender equality, sexualities and reproductive health, childhood and children’s services, and tax and welfare systems. You will learn about how policy makers, in Ireland and across the world, have responded to these societal challenges. A strong emphasis is placed on studying qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will attend lectures and seminars and engage in project-based learning, instruction, and independent study with experienced academic staff and with input from policy-makers and industry.

First Year

You will undertake compulsory modules in social policy and sociology. Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these disciplines; the first year modules will provide you with a comprehensive introduction.

Second & Third Year

Alongside compulsory modules in social policy and sociology you will select optional modules from one of the following pathways, which will refine and develop your career skills:

There are three Pathways available to you as follows;

1. Social Work and Social Professions

2. Society and Public Service

3. Work, Organisations and People

International Study Opportunities

The School offers international study opportunities in universities both in Europe and further afield. Currently Erasmus exchange opportunities exist in:

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The BSocSc provides a strong foundation for both postgraduate study and a wide range of careers in government, social services, NGOs, education, media, including new and online media (who are increasingly expressing an active interest in recruiting social sciences graduates) and business. Alumni include Orlaith Blaney (Marketing and Advertising, former CEO McCannBlue Dublin), Frances Fitzgerald (TD), Ali Hewson (Humanitarian) and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Humanitarian & Founder, Focus Ireland).

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) (Hons) in Social Policy and Sociology.

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees

€19,200.00 (16,99,951) per year

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


28 Sep


UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Room D104, Newman,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have completed their secondary level/high school studies or have never studied at university before are eligible to apply Bachelor degree at UCD.

There are minimum entry requirements that all applicants, applying based on school leaving results, must meet.

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognized subjects

IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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