What will I learn?

Why is this course for me?

Information plays a key role in all aspects of life – in business, government, society and the life of the individual. Knowing how to create, manage, share, find and use digital information is more relevant than ever before. Information and Social Computing gives you a chance to explore the ways companies such as Face book, Twitter, Intel, Google and Apple utilize the interplay of people, information, technology and social structures to succeed in today’s digital world.

International Study Opportunities

Students may study abroad for a year or a semester. Destinations include the USA, Australia, China and Canada. Students studying Information and Communications Studies with Chinese will study abroad for their third year.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Information & Social Computing is relevant for careers in:

  • Information architecture
  • Web development
  • Knowledge management
  • Social media
  • Social computing
  • User experience design
  • Investigative research
  • Publishing
  • Librarianship
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business

Graduates can progress onto the Master of Information Systems (MSc), which prepares students for careers as information systems professionals, or the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), in information architecture, web design, information consulting and digital media management. They can also pursue research careers in the form of an MA or PhD. Graduates can also progress to a Masters of Digital Curation which prepares students for careers in digital curation and data management.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (BSc Social Sciences: 4 Years; BA Arts: 3 Years)

Tuition fees
€19,200.00 (US$ 20,922) per year

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

Start date

Expected September 2020


UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Room A108,

Newman Building,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in a numerical discipline or a cognate subject area. Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University: 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 +; a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in each section; Cambridge Examinations: English language examinations administered by the University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale (with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English); Acceptable Examinations: Proficiency Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2); Advanced Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2); First Certificate, Grade A (i.e. CEFR Level C1); Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item of both skills profiles.

For international students

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

Leaving Certificate

BSc Social Sciences: O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognized subjects

BA Arts: English, Irish, A third Language, Three other recognised 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).

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About this uni

Famous for teaching and research excellence, and true global reach, UCD is the destination of choice for over 8000 international students.

  • Main campus in Belfield, 4km from Dublin city centre
  • 185th best university in the world
  • Globally recognised for excellent teaching and learning
  • Scholarships available for international students