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Bachelor of Social Science Maynooth University




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Social Science studies how human societies are organised, analysing the social forces that govern the world we live in and their impact on individuals, families, communities and countries. Students learn about social professions such as social work, community work and youth work and analyse contemporary issues in society, especially Irish society - such as drugs, criminal justice, migration, ageing and inequality. The Social Science programme emphasises the study of applied social science through the subject Social Policy. This subject, which can only be taken through the BSocSc degree, is concerned with critical analysis of policies and practices in relation to human welfare and well being.

Choose this degree if you are interested in

  • Social Policy – government and institutional policies in relation to human welfare and how human societies are organised;
  • Class, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age and disability;
  • Contemporary issues in society such as drugs, criminal justice, ageing and inequality;
  • The option of postgraduate study in social work, community work and youth work.

Career Options

Social Science provides a valuable academic foundation for many vocations and occupations. It is particularly associated with careers in policy analysis, applied social research and the social professions of social work, community work and youth work. Our graduates can also be found in a wide range of other careers including management and public administration, the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) sector, journalism, the media and social research.

If you wish to become a professional social worker, you must undertake the National Qualification in Social Work (the accrediting body is CORÚ; visit their website at Most social workers qualify by completing a Bachelor of Social Science first and then a Masters in Social Work. Many of our graduates follow that route.

A Social Science degree in which Social Policy is the core subject is a pre-requisite for a professional Masters in Social Work. Some graduates choose to proceed into postgraduate study in fields of interest such as:

  • MSocSc (Rights and Social Policy)
  • Masters in Community and Youth Work
  • MLitt
  • DSocSc
  • PhD

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Social Science.

Full Time (3 years (BSocSc) or 4 years (BSocSc International))

Tuition fees

€13,500.00 (11,87,993) per year

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


Feb-21, Sep-21


Maynooth University



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have completed a recognised School Leaving examination which is considered equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

TOEFL (Paper based test): 560

TOEFL (Internet based test):92

PTE (Pearson): 59

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

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