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BSc in Social Sciences University College Dublin



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Social Sciences students explore society and how people behave as individuals and in groups. With the four-year Social Sciences degree, you choose DN700 at CAO and then select your preferred option below. Your subject choices are guaranteed. There are options to change subject choices at the end of first year if you wish. You will gain a deep understanding of each subject you choose to study and develop real world skills in research, communication and leadership. You may additionally apply for an internship, or study abroad for a year or a semester. You will learn to analyse, criticise and challenge beliefs and assumptions – including your own.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity

Social sciences graduates are valued by employers for their skills in research, leadership and communication. Graduates of UCD social sciences progress to work in government, NGOs, the media and businesses as economists, policymakers, environmentalists, activists, information managers, HR managers, entrepreneurs, journalists, statisticians, urban planners, archaeologists, librarians, secondary school teachers, social workers, researchers and many more professions across the public and private sectors.

BSc Social Sciences students may undertake an internship for a semester in Year 3.

International Study Opportunities

As Ireland’s global university, we encourage our students to apply to study for a semester or a year abroad through UCD’s extensive global network of partner universities. Study abroad is available as an option in our three-year programmes. This will extend your degree by a year and you will graduate with a BSc or BSocSc International degree. In our four-year programme, study abroad opportunities are integrated into the third year curriculum.

All social sciences students can take language modules as electives in addition to their degree subjects through the UCD Applied Language Centre.

Students who take social sciences subjects with a language minor will spend their third year abroad in a partner University.

Graduate Study Opportunities

You may undertake a Master’s related to a discipline you studied in your undergraduate degree, such as international relations, experimental archaeology or behavioural economics. A social sciences degree also allows you to progress to a range of interdisciplinary Master’s degrees in fields such as public policy, cognitive science, criminology, human rights, geopolitics, development studies, equality studies, digital information management, urban environment, world heritage management and more.

You may also choose to convert your undergraduate degree with a Master’s in a new discipline such as Law, Business or Computer Science.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BSc in Social Sciences.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

€19,200.00 (14,92,418) per year

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


09 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.

Also, they must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects. For all courses Irish and English are required.

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).

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