BA (Hons) Social Science - Full-time

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  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

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Whether your interest is in progressing towards a career in areas such as youth and community work, professional social research, policy analysis/development, working with disadvantaged and marginalised individuals, or you are interested in a broad-based undergraduate education, the BA (Hons) in Social Science (Level 8, 180 ECTS)  is the degree for you. This degree offers a range of skills and understandings that prepares students for employment in various roles in both non-governmental organisations and the voluntary sector as well as in the public sector.

Social Science is the interdisciplinary study of human society. This honours undergraduate degree is designed around five core areas of social science; Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Social Policy and Research. As well as gaining a strong, evidence-based understanding of these interesting and inter-related subjects, you will develop useful, work-ready skills such as flexibility, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and interpersonal communication - all highly valued by employers. You will develop more specialised expertise in areas such as group facilitation, campaigning, research, advocacy and public engagement as well as policy analysis, questionnaire and interview-based social research. This programme will provide you with a valuable platform for further research and specialist postgraduate education, improve promotion prospects in your current job, or help you find exciting new employment opportunities. Graduates of this programme are also eligible to apply for various Postgraduate programmes at DBS.

Programme Objectives

You will be challenged to think in a rigorous and scientific way about society and the social processes that feed into how society operates at an institutional, political and individual level. From the first year to the final year of the programme, there is a consistent emphasis on guiding, training and upskilling learners to carry out their own research and to be aware of how structures and special processes affect our daily lives. Learners will be encouraged to enquire further into this and conduct their own research in order to critically explore, evaluate and challenge the world around them. Learners will be well equipped to work in a wide range of roles and careers, in the public and private sector. The BA (Hons) in Social Science will also provide you with pathways for postgraduate study (Masters and PhDs) in areas such as Addiction Studies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Global Health, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Public Policy, Race, Ethnicity and Conflict, Social Work, Social Justice, Social Policy and Social Research to name a few. In some instances, conversion courses may need to be undertaken to allow progression to Masters level.


This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.

Teaching and Assessment

The programme provides a flexible, active, peer-led, experiential and reflective learning environment for students. While modules will be delivered in a hybrid mode through a mix of workshops, practical sessions, tutorials, lectures, and sociological experiments, emphasis will be placed on allowing students to examine the exercise problem descriptions and try possible solutions in the workshops, with guided individual feedback.

Assessment takes a variety of forms, including learning journals, case studies using real-world examples, project work (group/individual) and formal examinations.

Student Testimonial

"DBS is famous with foreigners living in Dublin and well talked about, so I decided to give it a try. DBS is an outstanding college that makes sure their students get the best education and pass their exams so it is highly reccomendable.

I want to say thank you DBS and all the lecturers and staff that made it possible for me to achieve my dream and finally become a graduate. I am more confident now than ever before.

I'm planning to get a masters degree and my DBS degree will see me through. DBS has been of major help because, it boosted my confidence and moral and made my career perfect."

Jerry Omojefe Tobi Oyibo
BA (Hons) in Social Science



Course Content

Year 1

  • Foundations in Social Psychology    

  • The Sociological Imagination

  • Introduction to Social Research

  • Psychology through the Lifespan 1    

  • Social Policy and Law for Social Care 1

  • Critical Thinking Skills

  • Foundations in Criminology

Year 2

  • Economic Sociology

  • Criminology in Action - Youth Justice

  • Campaigning, Advocacy, and Public Engagement

  • Interpersonal and Group Communication Skills

  • Advanced Social Research

  • Contemporary Inequalities

  • Politics in the Modern World

  • Social Psychology

  • Psychology in Action


Year 3

  • Contemporary Criminology

  • Cyberpsychology

  • Organisational Psychology

  • Social Science Research Project

  • Sociology of Families, Intimacies and Personal Life

  • Contemporary Social Policy in Ireland

  • Environment and Society

  • Global Issues


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

Year 1 provides a solid and comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of interdisciplinary field of Social Science, whilst also providing transversal skills embedded in a mix of unique modules.

Year 2 covers content in which the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the Year 1 are developed and applied.

Year three focuses on contemporary subjects. Students also undertake a research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.


Career Opportunities

The interdisciplinary nature of this programme will enable students to apply their new knowledge in a variety of contexts and in different sectors of employment. As a response to the technological changes and new ways of working, the digital communication and IT skills components have been strengthened in the programme.

Students career choice will be influenced by their specialisation. The range of skills fostered will enable graduates to take advantage of opportunities to progress in a career within a wide range of areas such as the voluntary sector, the social professions, business, the financial sector and many more.

Some of the employment opportunities include:

Youth Justice Worker
Community welfare officer
Community worker/community development worker
Education Programme Co-Ordinator
Equality Officer
Advice Worker
Disability Officer
Press Officer
Communication Officer
Project Coordinator
Project Manager
Project Worker


Example Employment Opportunities


Youth Justice Worker
Community Welfare Officer
Community Worker / Community Development Worker
Eduction Programme Co-Ordinator
Equality Officer
Advice Worker
Disability Officer
Press Officer
Communications Officer


Roles within NGOs
Protection of the rights of children, and vulnerable adults
Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPS)
Careers in human resource management
Various roles in Consulting


Law enforcement
Garda liaison
Probation services
Roles in youth and family justice

Social Policy

Social Policy Research Assistant
Policy development and strategy
Addiction services
Advocacy and campaigning
Roles within environmental agencies and political organisations.
Roles within governmental and non- governmental ‘think-tanks’
Roles in housing and homeless sector


Research within (NGOs)
Market research
Product research lead
Research officer
Research support officer
Data Analysis


Mediation providers
Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPS)
Project Coordinator
Project Manager
Project Worker


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Social Science are €5,995 per annum for EU students.

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

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 €3,000 and up to €7,000.

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.

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.

Standard Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

Under the new Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate, applicants must obtain a minimum of 2H5’s and 4 O6/H7, including a language. Some degree programmes will also require a minimum of O6/H7 in Maths. Please see individual course entry requirements for further details.    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

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

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8 
Award Title: 
BA (Hons) Social Science
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB566
Next Intake: September 2024

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