Psychology and Social Science COURSES

BA (Hons) in Social Science


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC) qqi logo 
Award Level: Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)
Award Type:  Major 
Duration: 3 years
CAO Code: DB566 

Whether your interest is in progressing towards a career in the field of social care, professional social research or policy analysis, or whether you are interested in a broad-based undergraduate education, the BA (Hons) in Social Science is the degree for you. Social Science is the interdisciplinary study of human society. It draws upon disciplines such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, and applied social studies such as social policy analysis and social work. The hallmark of the BA (Hons) in Social Science 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.

Aims and Objectives

From social policy and aging to language and crime, learners 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 learners to carry out their own research and to critically challenge the world around them.

Programme Content

The BA (Hons) in Social Science programme has the following content.

Year  1
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Social Science Learning Lab
  • Psychology for Social Science
  • Crime & Society
  • Social Policy – Historical and Cultural Perspectives I/Social Policy – Historical and Cultural Perspectives II
Year 2
  • Exploring Social Thought
  • Social Care: Theory and Practice
  • Data Analysis: Technology & Social Research
  • Counselling Theory and Group Facilitation Skills
  • Exploring Economic Issues/Exploring Political Issues
Year 3
  • Conceptualising Work & Family
  • Globalisation & Identity
  • Critical Concepts in Social Science
  • Social Science Research Project
  • Social policy – Contemporary Implementation/Social Policy –Poverty and Social Inclusion

Teaching and Assessment

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


This is a 3 year programme. 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 platform for more advanced study.

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.

Transfer Learners

Learners holding relevant qualifications at Level 7 may qualify for entry to the final year of this degree. Currently DBS’s BA Social Studies programme offers one such pathway for progression.

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.


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) Social Science are €5,400 per annum.

You can view all DBS Full Time Undergraduate Fees 2014-15 or why not contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non EU students please refer to  the International section of the website Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  

Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Please read our information form for advice on completing the CAO application.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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 any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to CAO before 20th January. Late applications to CAO will be charged €50 for online and €80 for paper applications.



DBS Open Evening

Now accepting applications for Autumn 2015

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2015. 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