BA (Hons) Social Science - Part-time

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Evening Degree Social Science

Whether your interest is in progressing towards a career in social care, professional social research or policy analysis, or whether you are interested in a broad-based undergraduate education, the BA (Hons) 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) 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.

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.

There are four key themes within the programme:

Social Science Research Methodology

Theoretical and practical training in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies will be provided, which will train and educate learners in cutting edge techniques for social scientific research, from new qualitative packages and practical training in statistical techniques to the values of in-depth cultural analysis.

Social Policy/Social Care

Learners will be introduced to the nature of social policy analysis, legally and in terms of process, with a view towards the learner being able to enter the applied workplace directly or to further their education at postgraduate level. The analysis of social policy is  complemented by the study of issues related to social care; there is a growing awareness that communities and individuals remain in challenging environments and are vulnerable in a variety fo ways within the context of a polarising western world. Social care is one of the way through which learners may encounter the ways in which vulnerable groups, minorities, the elderly or those suffering from structural violence may be cared for.

Comparative Sociology of Ireland

This programme of study in social science takes on a specific relevance in the context of a rapidly changing Ireland. The changing spheres of work and family, poverty and social inclusion as well as the study of the effects of economic behaviour on society are integral to the content explored during the course.

Key Themes in Social Science

What causes crime, violence and poverty? What are the effects of globalisation? How has secularisation impacted upon modern Ireland? Such questions have been asked over the past decades in the social and human sciences. In the stream of modules on key themes in social science such questions will be posed with an emphasis on epistemology; how we know in the social sciences. While streams of learning, such as training in research methodologies, are more clearly focused on placing graduates in advantageous positions vis-a-vis employment opportunities and postgraduate programmes, other streams, such as the inclusion of modules on key themes in social science, are focused on personal development and producing in graduates a well-rounded understanding of contemporary society in diverse, historical and comparative light. 

Course Content

Level 1

Level 2

level 3

Core Modules

Introduction to Sociology


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

Core Modules

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

Core Modules

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.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) 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.


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

Students 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 students for postgraduate work across a variety of other fields. Those students 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. Non-governmental 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 Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Social Science are €870 (1 x 10 credit module) / €420 (1 x 5 credit module) per annum.

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You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

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.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

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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.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum admission requirements for graduates of FETAC awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) are a full FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of 8 modules. A full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Award Type: Major
4 Years (2 evenings per week)

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