You are very welcome to UCD's BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology (DN750)

Below you will find some updates and information specific to your degree. Please also check our Student and Academic Information section, or contact us in the Social Sciences office if you have any questions.

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Information For Stage 1 BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology students

Planning the next phase of your degree: BSocSc Programme Pathways

Study Supports: Library Guides by Social Sciences Subject

Student Supports:

  • Student and Academic Information gives you information and links to some of the most important policies, regulations and forms, such as Plagiarism guides, Fees and Financial Assistance, Extenuating Circumstances, choosing Elective modules and more.
  • Student Supports lists some of the many academic, pastoral, health and general supports we have in place to help you get the most from your time in UCD Social Sciences.

 Remember to check the rest of our website for some important information and supports!

GPA Calculation

Your GPA is your Grade Point Average, and it is a measure of your academic performance, comprising GPA scores for all eligible modules (click here to see UCD's GPA scores for grades). The higher your GPA, the higher the quality of your degree. In UCD your degree GPA values are classified into the broad classes such as first-class honours and so on.  Your final degree GPA and classification will be based on your performance in certain stages depending on your course.  Some employers and many universities will make use of the GPA value itself.

While you must complete Stage 1 of your degree to progress, your grades from Stage 1 modules will not be used in computing your degree GPA.  However, Stage 1 results are a component in applications to study abroad.

The box below demonstrates how a final degree GPA for BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology is calculated when a you complete your degree, with or without completion of Study Abroad opportunities in Stage 3.

3 Stages: No Study Abroad  Weighting Equivalent%
Stage 1 - -
Stage 2 5 50%
Stage 3 5 50%


During your time in UCD, you may opt for Study Abroad opportunities in Stage 3, therefore adding a year to your degree. The University's regulations on calculation of GPA when an additional year is added to a degree for Study Abroad are currently under review. Please check this site in September 2019 for more information on GPA calculation if you wish to study abroad in Stage 3 of your degree.