Social Science BSocSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK102

Course Title: Social Science

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Social Science

Duration: 3 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSocSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2017: 403


This degree is suited to people interested in social issues. It provides a grounding in Social Science, the umbrella term for academic disciplines that focus on society and human behaviour.

The BSocSc is concerned with human, political, economic and social relations that shape the world we live in. Approaching social phenomena from different standpoints helps develop critical perspectives on issues such as:

  • poverty and exclusion
  • culture
  • identity
  • community
  • family, equality and social justice
  • globalisation and the environment

Social policy is a core subject on this degree, the study of which incorporates key debates about human and societal wellbeing and how basic needs are met.

The BSocSc offers a range of learning experiences. You can attend agency visits, undertake work experience for credits, study a new language and conduct a research project. Our graduates have an array of Social Science skills, which prepares them for a variety of postgraduate/career destinations.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

Applied Psychology (5 credits each):  

AP1110 Psychology as Science;

AP1149 Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology 

Economics (5 credits each):

EC1117/EC1118 Markets and Government:  An Introduction to Economics 

Philosophy (10 credits each):

PH1005 Philosophy and Social Science - An Introduction or

SS1012 Social Practice and the Social Professions 

Social Policy:

SS1017 Politics and Social Policy (Part 1) (10 credits) and

SS1018 Politics and Social Policy (Part 2) (5 credits)


SC1012 Introduction to Sociology (5 credits) and 

SC1013 Key Issues in Sociology (10 credits)

Year 2 Modules:


Economics; Social Policy; Philosophy; Applied Psychology; Sociology and Society


Social Policy; Sociology; Statistics; Languages; Chinese Studies; Philosophy

Year 3 Modules:


Politics and Social Policy


Sociology; Social Policy; Economics; Social Work and Social Services; Sociology and Society; Applied Psychology; Languages; Philosophy; Statistics

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert entry requirements:

2017: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must also apply separately to sit the Mature Student Admissions Pathway (MSAP) test.  Approximately fifteen places are available on this course for mature students. 

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO ( and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: 15 hours per week, in addition to approximately five hours of tutorials/seminars, etc

Expected reading hours: As with all Social Science degrees, reading hours are also a core part of the course where, for example, key literature and policy under examination in lectures are studied in depth in your own time.

Field visits: Agency field visits are scheduled to take place over one week in Year 2 and students taking the fieldwork placement module are required to commit 150 hours to the agency/organisation during the summer prior to Year 2 and/or Year 3.



Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment and on the BSocSc in broad terms there is a strong emphasis on continuous assessment, which in the case of many modules is weighted in equal terms with the end-of-semester examinations. Other modules are assessed entirely through continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment on the BSocSc is designed to develop a wide range of Social Science skills. Course work includes learning portfolios, essays, group presentations, book/policy reviews, agency profiles, and a final-year research project. 

Who Teaches This Course

The BSocSc is an interdisciplinary degree and staff from a number of schools are involved in teaching on the course. Participating schools include Applied Social Studies, Philosophy and Sociology, Economics and Applied Psychology, and staff from these schools contribute modules across the degree. Many of the staff in the School of Applied Social Studies lecture on the course.

Our teaching and research interests span a broad range of social science areas. See here for more information.

Teaching staff on the BSocSc undertake research, are involved with community, advocacy and service-based organisations, and publish articles and books, many of which are written particularly with the learning needs of BSocSc students in mind.

Further Contact Information

Phil O’Sullivan

BSocSc Course Secretary

T: +353 (0)21 490 2228

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