Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2018: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

CAO Code: DN750 BSocSc
CAO Points Range 2018: 291
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 120

CAO Code: DN520 BA Arts
CAO Points Range 2018: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 350

Leaving Certificate:

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

DN520 – English, Irish, A third Language, Three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

If you are interested in people, you will be interested in sociology. It is relevant for understanding almost every aspect of our lives. We are all part of society, we are connected with each other and we are affected by the people around us. In the same way, we shape the social context for others as well. Sociology provides you with the mindset and the research tools to observe the social world, make connections, understand differences, norms, cultures or inequalities.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Sociology gives an excellent foundation for a diverse set of careers in areas such as;

  • social research
  • policy analysis
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Community development
  • Youth work
  • Civil service
  • Social data science
  • Business.

It also leads to a wide range of graduate study opportunities in the social sciences, law and business. The School of Sociology offers a general MSocSc in Sociology, as well as specialised programmes in;

  • Health, Well-being and Society
  • Crime, Violence and Conflict
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies
  • Comparative Social Change
  • Social Data Analytics.

What Will I Study

Sociology seeks to explain how people relate with each other, how hidden structures play an important role in everyday life and how society shapes the way individuals behave. It is about why individuals organise themselves into groups such as families, communities, social classes, social networks, religions, genders, neighbourhoods or nations. But it is also about how these groups come about, what they mean and how they change over time. An essential part of your studies will be the acquisition of a sociological toolkit that includes both theoretical approaches and research methods to study society.

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First Year

The first year includes a general Introduction to Sociology, the Foundations of Sociological Thinking, a view on Contemporary Ireland and the basics of Research Methods and Design. All first year social sciences students also study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century, plus another subject, plus an Elective module.

Second Year

The second year involves training in Quantitative Research Methods and courses in areas such as Gender ¬ Sociological Theory, Analytical Sociology, Animals and Human Society and more, plus another subject, plus Elective modules.

Third Year

The third year includes training in Qualitative Research Methods and substantive courses in areas such as Migration, Historical Sociology, Lying & Deception and more. There are also possibilities for internships and study abroad.

Fourth Year

During the fourth year, we offer the possibility for an independent research project and a range of further specialised modules, such as War and Violence, Sociology of Nations and Punishment & Social Control, plus Elective modules.

How Will I Study

Studying Sociology (BSc Social Sciences)

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Studying Sociology (BA Arts)

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International Study Opportunities

Sociology students at UCD can avail of international exchange opportunities in universities in Europe and around the world. Currently, Erasmus opportunities exist in:

  • Belgium
  • England
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • USA
  • Australia
  • China
  • South Korea.

Students studying Sociology with Chinese, German or Italian will study abroad for their third year.


“I would recommend studying Sociology in UCD to those students who are seeking a versatile degree, where the skills taught are applicable to a wide range of sectors. With opportunities to discover sociological theories that provide enlightening ways of thinking about the world around us, while also learning research skills, there are numerous career pathways open to the sociology graduate. What’s more, the lecturers and staff have been invaluable to my learning, being friendly and supportive, and are always happy to chat with students. Overall, I am proud to be a student of Sociology at UCD.”

Arnoldas Jursys Student

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