Message from the Associate Dean of Social Science

The Bachelor of Social Science degree is the ideal choice for those with a keen interest in people, society and social issues.  The degree introduces students to a range of social science disciplines. It is aimed at students who wish to understand the complexities of the social world and environment past and present. It provides a strong foundation for both postgraduate study and a wide range of careers in government, social services, NGOs, education, media and business. Alumni include Orla Blaney (Marketing and Advertising, former CEO McCannBlue Dublin), Frances Fitzgerald (Politician), Ali Hewson (Humanitarian) and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Humanitarian & Founder Focus Ireland).

The Social Science degree suits both those with a clear idea of the area in which they would like to work and those who are less certain about their future career.  Regardless of where it takes you, a Social Science degree gives you a greater understanding of people in a social context and will always be of benefit in any work situation and more generally in life.

As Associate Dean of Social Science, my main aim is to support students in reaching their potential and in choosing the right study and career path for themselves.  Our Social Science degree pathways are designed to offer the widest possible choice to students.  In other words, any student who enters the Bachelor of Social Science degree and completes the requisite foundation modules in their first year can have a place in the pathway of their choice.

Associate Professor Sara O’Sullivan, Associate Dean of Social Science

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE - A Degree of Opportunity

In a time of rapid social change the BSocSc (Bachelor of Social Science) degree offers you the opportunity to explore and understand the society in which you live.  In this degree programme you will examine the complexities of social life and see how individuals and groups live and work together.  You will be encouraged to become a critical thinker, to develop an awareness of ethical issues, and to engage with civil society in order to act as a socially aware, responsible citizen. You will be supported and encouraged to develop reflective and analytic skills. You will work individually and with your peers to learn how to evaluate evidence and identify solutions to key social challenges.

What's special about Social Science at UCD?

  • Provides small-group teaching exclusively for Social Science students
  • Supports students with individual academic advice to help them choose the Social Science study path most suited to their needs and skills
  • Allows students to progress to careers that are in demand in growth areas both nationally and internationally
  • Offers excellent pathways towards a variety of graduate programmes in different UCD schools including the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and other national and international universities
  • Under UCD Horizons students may choose a number of elective modules from disciplines across the university

Please refer to the Prospective Students page if you are interested in learning more about the Bachelor of Social Science degree at UCD.