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.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
3 Years Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
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 German or Italian will study abroad for their third year.
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
€ 19,900 p.a.
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- 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.
- The third year provides the opportunity for an Internship or Study Abroad.
- It is about why individuals organize themselves into groups such as families, communities, social classes, social networks, religions, genders, neighborhood or nations.
- 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.
How to Apply
Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW
As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
YEAR 1 ENTRY
- Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
- If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.
FOUNDATION YEAR ENTRY
- Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.
• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.
Special Entry Requirements
Sociology gives an excellent foundation for a diverse set of careers in areas such as;
• social research
• policy analysis
• Community development
• Youth work
• Civil service
• Social data science
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 MSc in Sociology, MSc in Social Data Analytics, MSc in Comparative Social Change, MSc in Demographic and Population Dynamics and a MA in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies.