Diploma in Social Science

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



Whether you wish to pursue a general interest in the social sciences or are seeking an introduction to studying within the multidisciplinary field of the social sciences, the Diploma in Social Science is the programme for you. Social Science is the interdisciplinary study of human society. It draws upon disciplines such as sociology, psychology,anthropology, and applied social studies, and this range of disciplines is represented in the programme.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Diploma in Social Science allows students to complete two core modules from the BA (Hons) Social Science degree in DBS School of Arts and explore their own learning in a manner that allows them to exit, if they wish, after a year of study with a DBS diploma or continue as a part-time Social Science student on the BA (Hons) Social Science (to progress to the degree programme students must meet minimum entry requirements for modular students). Two key areas of Social Science are studied: Introduction to Sociology and Criminology. Students study a demanding set of topics along with other part-time students and are assessed on their knowledge. The objective is to gain and demonstrate an understanding of core topic areas of Social Science and explore how Social Scientists research and interpret human and societal phenomena, such as crime.


To be awarded the Diploma in Social Science a student will be required to complete continuous assessment for each of the two modules. The Introduction to Sociology and Criminology modules are both 100% continuous assessment.

Programme Content

Introduction to Sociology

This module introduces the central concerns of Social Science. This emphasis is on presenting an individual in both a psychological and sociological perspective. This interdisciplinary approach is concerned with showing showing how individuals are shaped by internal and external  mechanisms,how they find themselves in complex social structures (class,ethnic, gender,) and the way these structures are organised. Theories discussed throughout the module will be applied to particular fields of Social Science such as: developmental psychology,the process of socialisation, family, poverty, social stratification, social policy,migration and demographic change. Special effort is made to outline and discuss these issues in relation to contemporary Irish society.


This module explores the historical background of crime and its contextual relation to society from the 18th Century and also explores how society currently understands crime. The various theories of crime and criminal behaviour and the study of contemporary criminology are discussed. The contribution of Social Science theory and knowledge is illuminated, and contemporary issues relating to crime and society are further explored and debated.


The Diploma in Social Science aspires to a learner centred approach to learning and teaching. Learning and teaching methods that may be utilised include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Each module is organised in a variety of ways so as to best encourage the engagement, development and collaboration of learners. Learners are actively encouraged and assisted to manage their own studies outside of lectures. This is facilitated by the teaching styles and methods adopted within each module and by placing greater emphasis on practically focused assessment.

Career Progression Opportunities

Students will be able to apply the skills they have learned during the Diploma programme to a variety of areas of work, especially in the public sector, including social care, social work, community youth work, and community development work. Others working in policing and nursing vocations will also find the components of the programme of value. Indeed, many students find that studying these modules increases their awareness and knowledge of salient issues affecting society, thereby increasing their confidence in discussing and debating such important topics.

Further Study Options

On successful completion of this programme and all related assessment, students may choose to progress onto the BA (Hons) Social Science evening degree at DBS School of Arts and receive an exemption from the two modules at degree level (minimum entry requirements apply).

Student Profile

Typically participants on the programme have a general interest in the area of the social sciences and consequently wish to pursue this interest by entering and completing the Diploma in Social Science. Other students undertake the diploma as an introduction to studying in the multidisciplinary field of the social sciences and then, having successfully completed the diploma (and having met minimum entry requirements for modular students), proceed to study on the BA (Hons) Social Science in DBS School of Arts.


The fee for this Diploma is €2,000.This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle) - is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: September & January
Duration: 1 year Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2019. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm