Supports for Social Sciences Students

There is a range of support available for Social Sciences students to help you get the most from your time in UCD. 

Social Sciences Desk

The Social Sciences Desk will be your first point of contact and we encourage you to come to us for information, support and advice on any issue.  See here for our opening hours and contact details of staff here to help you.
Many of the supports you may need as a student are listed below.  If you have any questions about these, or cannot find what you are looking for on this page, contact us!

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If you fail to pass a module, don’t panic. There are options to remediate this module. The following 3 options are available for students to complete the credit requirements of the programme. Read more here

Your Social Sciences Student Advisers

Student Advisers can assist students in finding pathways to deal with personal, social and emotional issues and can advise of appropriate UCD policies, procedures and services, for example, advice on financial supports or academic challenges. 

Kieran Moloney
Student Adviser: Social Sciences undergraduate students
T: 01 716 8366 / E:
Catherine Tormey
Student Adviser: mature students
T: 01 716 7542 / E:

Visit the UCD Student Advisers website to learn more about this valuable support to current students.

Relevant Policies and Guidance

If you are experiencing difficulties during your time in UCD, accessing supports and being aware of your options at the earliest point is advisable. See below for some policies that may be relevant to you:

Student Health Service, Counselling, Welfare Officer and Chaplaincy 

Your Student Health Service provides a wide range of healthcare supports on campus; routine and urgent, including doctor appointments, prescriptions, sexual and reproductive health, screening and mental health.

Your Student Counselling Service is a free and confidential service staffed by professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors.

UCD Estates operate Unicare, which provides medical assistance and emergency medical information to students and staff on campus. This service operates an emergency line, 01 716 7999, which is operated 24 hours a day.

Students' Union Health and Wellbeing: The UCD SU website provides information and contact details for the SU Welfare Officer.

Chaplains are available throughout the year for support, guidance and advice in complete confidence for all students, "of all faiths and none". An open-door policy exists to enable you to feel welcome and to seek assistance, especially in times of distress, illness and bereavement. 

Peer Mentors

All incoming Stage 1 students will be linked with a Stage 2 or Stage 3 student studying Social Sciences subjects (a ‘Peer Mentor’) who was in your position only a year or 2 ago.  They are available to help welcome you into UCD Social Sciences, help you get to know the ropes, answer all of your questions and offer good advice on things such as where to go, how to fit it all in and how and when to join clubs and societies.
You will meet your mentor during Orientation and exchange contact details so that you can contact them during the year.  Your mentor can also then contact you to let you know of group meetings.  It is also a good idea to keep in touch with your Peer Mentor and to attend mentoring meetings as a way of meeting other Stage 1 students and entering into the spirit of college life.
For more information, see the Peer Mentoring website.
Contact your Social Sciences Programme Manager with any questions you have about Peer Mentoring: 
You will find a useful video here where we introduce you to the peer mentor programme. 

University Societies

With over 80 recognised societies, UCD has something for everyone. Societies are an excellent way to make friends and be part of the UCD Community outside of the classroom.  See more about all of UCD's Student Societies here.


Class Reps

Details of your elected class reps and the election process for reps are available through the UCD Students' Union.
The UCD Maths Support Centre is an informal drop-in centre available as a free service to all UCD students registered to a level 0, 1 or 2 mathematics or statistics module, irrespective of your programme of study. There is no need to book an appointment, just drop by with your mathematical query and speak to one of the centre's welcoming tutors.  This is in addition to the normal tutorials. 
Directions to the Centre: Enter the James Joyce Library, the Mathematics Support Centre is the glass room with the orange and green circles on the left opposite the entrance. 
Further details are available on the Maths Support Centre website or email:
Maths Support Centre, James Joyce Library

UCD Writing Centre provides free, one-to-one tuition and a range of workshops on all aspects of the writing process. 

Location: Link Space 2 of the James Joyce Library. When you enter the Library, the Centre is to the right of the main desk. Link Space 2 is a big, glass room overlooking the lake, with 'Writing Centre' banner at the front.
For timetables, helpful downloads and more information, visit the Writing Centre website.
UCD Writing Centre

Your key contacts to help you understand your fees and financial planning are listed below.

Many students could not succeed in university without some financial support.  You are encouraged to seek advice and support on the range of grants and financial assistance available to you. Click on the links below for contacts, deadlines and information.  


The Student Desk in the Tierney Building is your first port-of-call for queries on your fees and fee status. The Student Desk can assist international students with documents to open a bank account in Ireland.

Information on Student Contribution and Student Centre Levy charges may be found on the Fees and Grants website. Click here for information on current charges.


The Student Grant Scheme is the main financial support available for eligible students attending full-time programmes at UCD. Click here for more information on applications and deadlines. 

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. See their website for full details on whether you are eligible for a grant, the process and deadlines. 


Financial Assistance


There are a number of forms of financial assistance in UCD. Click on the links below for contacts, eligibility and further details.

  • The Student Support Fund (SSF) is a means-tested fund intended to help students who are experiencing financial challenges in college as a result of ongoing low income. 
  • Student Welfare Fund: The purpose of this discretionary fund is to offer financial assistance to students who encounter acute and unexpected difficulties during their time of study in UCD. 
  • UCD Access and Lifelong Learning provide Scholarships & Financial Supports.
  • The UCD Students' Union provide information and advice on the SU financial schemes to support students.



Student excellence and achievement is recognised in UCD through a wide variety of scholarships and awards.  Find out more about the different types of scholarships, awards and prizes that UCD offers and where to go for further information on the UCD Scholarships site

UCD Access and Lifelong Learning are here to help you receive the supports that you may need in managing your disability whilst studying in UCD.

For help regarding disability, please register to receive these supports by filling out and submitting a UCD Evidence of Disability Form.  If you have already registered for support and you have a query please email or attend on our Disability Support Drop In Sessions.

Irish Sign Language Interpreter: if you require an Irish Sign Language Interpreter for an event or ad hoc session it is necessary to make this request at least two weeks in advance to to give yourself the best possible chance of sourcing an interpreter.

More information
DARE students and students wishing to register for disability supports can find more information on the support available here on the Access and Lifelong Learning website, including:

  • contact details for designated support people in Access and Lifelong Learning
  • classroom and exam accommodations and assistance
  • slides from UCD Access and Lifelong Learning's information session for students and parents/guardians
  • guides to managing your disability.

The UCD Library team is here to support your learning, research and preparation for assessment. 

The main library for Social Sciences subjects is the James Joyce Library beside the Newman Building.  The current opening hours can be found here.

Visit the Library's website for subject study guides, check for texts and online resources, and much more: Library Website.

The library search interface OneSearch has recently been updated. Changes include scroll down lists for selecting by content type and a quick link to PDF or full-text if available.

This new page for international students gives basic information on how learning, classes, and assignments work in UCD and study tips on how to succeed. It has been added to the Academic Integrity guide and is available here.

Members of Research Services, the College Liaison Librarian Team and the Digital Learning Librarian are working together to deliver a new series of lunchtime webinars. These webinars, aimed at graduate and PhD students, showcase how UCD Library can support their research. The series takes place over 6 weeks in February and March. Each webinar will give an overview of a different topic, followed by a final wrap up and Q & A session. For more information and to register click here

Your Library Liaison is Vanessa Buckley. Her contact details and how she can support your learning is available here: Library Liaison, Social Sciences.

Not Found the Information You were Looking For?

If you still have not found what you were looking for, contact the Social Sciences Desk and we will be happy to help you.