Studying Social Sciences in UCD

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Schools offering subjects for Social Science Degrees

‌Social Sciences students explore how people behave as individuals and in human groups - from families and teams to companies and government agencies.

Social Sciences investigate the development of societies - past, present and future by combining quantitive data, such as social and economic statistics, with qualitative methods, such as interviews and focus groups.

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Two Subject Combination - Joint Major OR Major/Minor

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Computational Social Science

A pioneering degree that will enable students to leverage the power of big data, computer simulations and social networks to understand social phenomena and individual behaviour.

Computational Social Sciences Modules

Economics, Mathematics & Statistics

This programme enables you to explore the sought-after combination of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics in depth while also emphasising how they complement each other.

Economics Mathematics & Statistics Modules

Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Examines the complex economic and political forces in play, the problems of measuring and assessing the health of society, and the principles of justice that should guide political decision-making to improve society.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics Modules

Economics - Single Major

A single major degree Economics explores how and why people make decisions and choose between alternative ways of spending their money and using their time, energy and skills.

Economics Single Major Modules

Psychology (Single Major)

Psychology has links to the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts, so it is likely to appeal to a wide variety of people. The course has core modules that will introduce you to major theories and research methods, and you will also have a chance to choose option modules in specialist areas of psychology.

Psychology Modules

Social Policy & Sociology - DN750

Explores key social issues affecting societies in the European Union, the USA and East Asia including: poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, social stratification, criminal justice, globalisation, gender equality, sexualities and reproductive health, childhood and children’s services, and tax and welfare systems.

 - Social Policy & Sociology Modules


Archaeology studies the physical evidence from the last three million years to investigate how our world emerges from people's relationship with other people, places, animals, plants and things.


Explores how people make decisions, and how they choose between alternative ways of spending their money and using their skills, energy and time in a wide range of human endeavours.


Understand the context in which environmental, socio-cultural and politico-economic decision-making takes place and develop skills that prepare you for the workplaces and societies of tomorrow.

Information and Communication Studies

Information plays a key role in all aspects of life – in business, government, society and the life of the individual. Knowing how to create, manage, share, find and use digital information is more relevant than ever before.


Gain rigorous analysis of real-world problems and clear communication of complex ideas and concepts, and a capacity for detailed research.

Politics and International Relations

Develop the ability to analyse the complex interplay between national and international political institutions, systems and forces.


Psychology has links to the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities. Some specialist areas of psychology include counselling, clinical psychology and work and organisational psychology.

Social Policy

Social Policy is the study of the social impact of policies such as social services, social security benefits and the welfare state.

Social Justice

The subject of Social Justice draws on a range of academic disciplines in order to advance understanding of issues such as inequality, discrimination and human rights abuses.


Sociology seeks to explain how people relate with each other, how hidden structures play an important role in everyday life and how society shapes the way individuals behave.