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UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Sociology

Course Fact File
CodeAvailable through multiple programmes
Subject TitleSociology
Duration3 years
Teaching ModeFull-time
QualificationsBA (Hons)
NFQ LevelLevel 8
FeesStudent Contribution Charge + Capitation Fee: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

Course Outline

Sociology is the study of society as a whole. It shows us how we may think our way through and out of problems, both individually and collectively. 

Sociology is concerned with identity and multiculturalism; sexuality and intimacy; media and popular culture; environment and sustainability; law and justice; crime and deviance; anthropology, civilisation and religion; art, culture and literature; health and well-being; politics and community; economy and society.

It is concerned with the modern world, how it has come into being and what challenges and crises it faces, at local, national and global levels. It ask questions about the decline of the power of the church; what it means to be "Irish" in an era of immigration and globalisation; the world financial crisis and the political crisis of Europe; global climate change and the future of Western civilisation.

Sociology helps us understand these problems, in an Irish and an international context.

You will  learn research methods and useful skills such as interviewing, surveys and questionnaires, onsite observation and ethnography, discourse analysis and archival research.

Year 1 Modules:

  • SC1005 General Introduction to Sociology (5 credits)
  • SC1006 Key Issues in Sociology (10 credits)

Year 2 Modules:


Social Theory (classical); Introduction to Social Research 


Crime & Deviance; Political Sociology, Sociology of Class, Health & Illness; Irish Society; Race, Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism; Community.

Years 3*/4 Modules:


Social Theory (contemporary); Research Project


Politics; Environment; Media & Communications; Planning & Sustainable Development; Globalisation, Race & Ethnicity; Family, Gender, Sexuality and Inequality; Housing & Habitat; Memory and Trauma, Sociology of Law.

* BA International students spend third year studying in an approved foreign university in a country of the student's major language or subject.  They will return to complete their final year in UCC in year 4.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have written examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

Why Choose This Course

I would highly recommend this course for any student who has ever wondered how society is the way it is.

David Jones

Find Out More

Follow in the footsteps of famous sociologists including Michelle Obama and President of Ireland Dr Michael D Higgins.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad: If you are studying Sociology through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the US.

Work placement: If you study Sociology through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work-placement module in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

Sociology is the study of people and how we interact with one another. Having a good understanding of human relationships can be a bonus in a range of careers across all sectors. Sociology graduates leave university with a broad range of transferable skills, including being able to work to deadlines, make good arguments and think creatively.

Our Sociology graduates have made careers in fields such as:

  • media, journalism, and communications
  • arts and cultural industries
  • human resources
  • management
  • advertising and marketing
  • the civil service, government and public administration
  • the Garda Síochána and corrections services
  • health, education and social services
  • planning, environment and sustainability
  • international development and human rights agencies.

Many of our sociologists from UCC have gone on to become lecturers and professors at universities in Ireland, the UK, the US, Canada and Australia.


Refer to CK101 and CK108.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such applicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

  • Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
  • The State will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student contribution and capitation fees are payable by the student.
  • See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
  • Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
  • Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.

How To Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108

Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants

Apply via the CAO. See the CAO Handbook for useful information on applying through the CAO. 

Mature Applicants 

Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.

QQI/FET Applicants 

Apply via the CAOSee our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Further Education and Training (FET) application process. 

Non-EU Applicants 

If you are from outside the EU/EFTA/UK, apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information. 

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