BA (Hons) in Social Science


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 
Award Level: Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree).
4 years part-time, 2 evenings per week.
Title of Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours).
Award Type:  Major 

 Whether your interest is in progressing towards a career in social care, professional social research or policy analysis, for example, or whether you are interested in a broad-based undergraduate education, the BA (Hons) Social Science is the degree for you. The range of this programme is its strength. From social policy and aging to language and crime, students will be challenged to think in a rigorous and scientific way about social processes, institutions and policies. From the first to the final year of the programme there is a consistent emphasis on training students to carry out their own research and to critically challenge the world around them.

Key Features of this Programme: 

  • Ideal degree for those progressing towards a career in the field of social care, professional social research or policy analysis 
  • Its hallmark is to provide the intellectual rigour of the older disciplines and to emphasise the practical aspects of social science: research methodologies and the theoretical dimensions of research practice.
  • Throughout the programme, there is consistent emphasis placed on training students to carry out their own research and to critically challenge the world around them  
  • Aims to provide students with a broad based education focusing on the core element of social scientific research through methodology training, sociological, anthropological and psychological topics, social policy analysis and through the study of specific social issues in Ireland.

Programme Content

Level 1
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Psychology for Social Science
  • Social Policy: Historical and Cultural Perspectives
  • Introduction to Quantitative  Research Methods
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Skills For Personal Success
  • Learning to Learn in Social Sciences
Level 2
  • Economic Sociology
  • Exploring Political Issues in Ireland
  • Counselling Theory and Group Facilitation Skills
  • Social Care, Social Justice and the Caring Professions
  • Critical Concepts in Sociology
  • Qualitative Research and Data Analysis
  • Quantitative Research and Data Analysis
  • Employability Skills 
  • Social Science In Action Project
Level 3
  • Social Science Research Project
  • Globalisation and Culture
  • Sociology of Families, Intimacies and Personal Life
  • Social Policy – Contemporary Implementation
  • Social Policy – Poverty and Social Inclusion
  • Exploring Social Theories
  • Employability in Action
  • Lifelong Learning

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3
Employability in Action Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life
Year 2
Employability Skills
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Year 1
Learning to Learn Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Business is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays and reports, individual and group assignments and formal examinations. The majority of subjects are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.


The duration of the degree on a part-time basis is typically four years. Normally students will attend classes two evenings per week from 6.15pm-9.30pm. Advice and confirmation of module selection will be made available to students before course commencement.

The programme is divided into three levels and students take the programme in its entirety. 

In Level 1 students undertake introductory subjects that are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of core disciplines to provide a learning platform for more advanced study. In addition, students also take the 'Social Sciences Learning Lab', a year long module which introduces the academic conventions of higher education. The learning lab is a learner centered module which develops academic awareness, communication skills, research skills and encourages learner participation.
In Level 2 students take subjects that build on the level 1 foundation and further develop student knowledge and understanding. 

In Level 3 students take subjects intended to develop understanding of applied areas and key subjects. Furthermore, students also undertake a research project under the guidance of a supervisor. 

Career Opportunities

Learners graduating with a BA (Hons) in Social Science will, depending on final year grades, be eligible for postgraduate training in social science related areas in Ireland and abroad, such as social work, addiction studies, sociology, anthropology, criminology, research methodology, etc. The knowledge base and skill set acquired during their years of study will also equip learners for postgraduate work across a variety of other fields. Those learners who wish to seek work directly upon graduation will be ideally placed to gain employment commercially, in the fast expanding niche of social research in established institutions, or on funded research projects. Nongovernmental organisations, the communications industry and the emerging information sector have also shown high levels of demand for graduates trained in social scientific research methods.

Dublin Business School has a dedicated Careers and Appointments Services department who work to develop the career prospects of the student body by teaching employment skills to be utilised following graduation and throughout a student’s professional life. The Careers office additionally publicises recruitment campaigns and current vacancies that may be of interest to students.

Additionally, internships and work experience opportunities are developed by our Employer Liaison Officer, with many DBS graduates continuing on to work within the company where they have completed their work placement.

For further information on the DBS Careers and Appointments Services, please visit the dedicated website


The Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Social Science are €900 (1 x 10 credit module) / €450 (1 x 5 credit module) per annum.

To view all Part-Time Arts fees for 2016/2017 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place.
The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

Standard Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

Standard Applicants for the Evening Arts Degree programmes must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For Evening Arts Degree programmes the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English or another language) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent.  The BA (Hons) Social Science programme also requires a minimum D3 in ordinary level Maths. Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Mature Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as relevant transcripts, a CV and other related documentation to the Admissions Office.  Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.



DBS Open Evening

Now accepting applications for Autumn 2016

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2016. Apply online or contact our admissions team for more information by calling 01 417 7500 Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm or email