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The Bachelor of Social Science is the degree for people who know that they want to work in a people-focused job, but still wish to explore a number of possible career paths.
At UCD, you will be taught by first-class lecturers and professors. You will develop a set of skills including critical thinking, communication and presentation skills, problem solving, research skills and the ability to think on your feet.
You’ll learn about the complexities of life and the society in which you live, and how best to respond to human needs, including the needs of those who are marginalised.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
This programme offers clear pathways that lead to a number of career opportunities and graduate courses. These are set out in detail in the diagram here. You will be offered guidance throughout your degree to ensure you are taking the most appropriate modules for your career goals.
You’ll undertake required modules in Social Policy and Sociology, as well as selecting two modules from a third social science subject, along with two UCD Horizons elective modules. From your first year, you will start to acquire abilities and skills that prepare you for your future studies and for challenging careers in all areas of professional life.
Your first year is also the time to introduce yourself to your fellow students and settle in to university life. The small tutorial groups within your programme are the ideal opportunity to get to know people and make new friends, as are the many social events, clubs and societies at UCD.
Second & Third Year
At the beginning of second year you choose your major subjects for your degree. You select one of the following paths:
- Social Work
- Environmental Policy
- Development Studies
- Human & Organisational
- Rights, Justice and Society
- Crime and Social Order
- Social Media
- Ancient and Modern Societies
Academic Entry Requirements
UCD requires Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education (grade 11) + 1 or 2 years of a Bachelor Degree (minimum average ≥ 3) at a recognised university.
English Language Requirements
Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through a recognised English language test, as outlined below.
- Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
- Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted.
UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
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 +.
- In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required.
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).
There is a number of scholarships available for international students.