Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
- Business & Industry
Alumni, Friends & Supporters
Alumni, Friends & Supporters
There are over 90,000 NUI Galway graduates Worldwide, connect with us and tap into the online community.
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Applied Social Sciences
“It’s a mark of our humanity that we want to understand how we live in society!”
Do you see yourself at the forefront of tackling some of the most crucial and pressing social, ecological and economic issues of our times? Do you regard yourself as ambitious and driven with a strong tendency for leadership, innovation and thinking and acting differently about local, national and global issues? Then the new and innovative Applied Social Sciences Degree is for you!
This new programme – beginning in 2017 - is aimed at motivated school leavers and mature students with a strong penchant towards the study of fundamental issues and concerns for Social Sciences. The programme will strongly focus on the applied nature of the Social Sciences and equip students with practical research skills, in addition to focussing on career development and readiness, and further educational opportunities. There will be an internship and dissertation or project component to the programme giving students real-world experience and knowledge of working in areas of Social Scientific inquiry. The growth in interdisciplinary study and research is building knowledge and the national capacity to respond to complex societal challenges providing new solutions that cannot be provided by one discipline alone. This innovative transdisciplinary degree programme will draw on key strengths of Schools and Disciplines right across the College of Arts, Research Institutes and Centres, and innovation and entrepreneurship programs across the University. Supporting and advocating the value of Social Scientific research to key decision-makers and policy designers, in addition to community activism and advocacy, will form an intrinsic part of the new programme ethos.
Applied Social Sciences at the Virtual Open Day
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Next start date
A Level Grades (2019)
Mode of study
• Introducing the Social Sciences;
• Introduction to Sociology and Political Science
• Psychology for Social Scientists
• Introduction to Economic and Social Policy
• Principles of Geography
• Digital Citizenship.
In addition to further developing their critical understanding of key areas of the social sciences, students will focus on problemcentred learning and will undertake research methods courses aimed at tackling current and future societal challenges and learn how to use social scientific technology tools such as GIS, SPSS and NVivo. Year Two will also entail an international fieldtrip in Semester two.
Work-based internship for eight months (January–August); a dedicated member of staff coordinates and places every student within their selected sector and tailors their training and experience. Students will also undertake the module, Career Development and Readiness.
Students will again select modules within their focused pathway and, in addition, students will be paired with an academic supervisor to design, develop and undertake a research project, with a
strong focus on publishing their finished work. The four study pathways offered in this final year are:
• Environmental Social Studies
• Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
• Politics, Society and Identity
• Communities, Engagement and Development.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required SP1118: Practising Sociology and Politics 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC1110: Introduction to Economic Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP158: Introduction to Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI1100: Geography in Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required TI150: Principles of Human Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required BSS1100: Digital Citizenship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required BSS1101: Introduction to the Study of the Social Sciences - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP1119: Practising Sociology and Politics 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required SP159: Concepts and Practices of Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required TI151: Principles of Physical Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required BSS1102: Digital Skills for the Social Sciences - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional SP226: Comparative Themes In Society And Politics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP235: Social Issues and Policy Responses - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP234: International Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP216.I: European Politics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required TI2102: Introduction To GIS - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required TI251: Theory & Practice in Geography I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required BSS2103: Introduction to Sustainability - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required TI229: Political & Cutural Geography: Identity, Race & the Nation - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SP212: Classical Social Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SP215: Modern Political Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SP2115: Historical perspectives in Political and Social Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required BSS2101: Cooperative Learning and Group Research Methods - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Required TI252: Theory & Practice in Geography II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required SP220: Methods For Social And Political Science - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Optional TI216: Aimsir Agus Aeraid/ Weather And Climate - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional TI254: Space, Place and the Irish Landscape - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional TI255: Earth Surface Landforms and Processes - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SP2113: Developmental work through the outdoors - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SP243: Understanding Family and Society - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SPL307: Youth Work Principles & Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC267: Economics of Public and Social Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional DT2112: The Practice and Exploration of the Creative Arts (S1) - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SP3145: Advocacy, Diversity and Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required BSS3100: Professional Skills and Pathways for Social Scientists - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional BSS3101: Work Placement for Social Scientists - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional BSS3103: Research Placement for Social Scientists - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional BSS3102: International Work Placement for Social Scientists - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Optional SP3138: Advocacy, Diversity and Equality - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SP404: Development And Change - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SP406: Principles Of Political Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional TI332: Local Development: Theory and Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional TI369: Geographical Perspectives on Rural Change - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional TI235: Biogeography - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SP3151: Development, Equality, Advocacy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required TI335: Research Project Design & Development - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SP219: Political Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SP305: Comparative Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SP3137: Youth and Society - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SP3139: Comparative Government and Politics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SP405: Contemporary Social Thought - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional TI230: Economic Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional TI258: Rural Environments: Sustainability & Management - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional TI311: Advanced Gis - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional TI3117: Migration, Mobility and Belonging - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional TI324: Urban Geography: Planning the Modern City - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional TI2104: Marine Spatial Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SP3152: Comparative Government and Public Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SP3153: Topics in Contemporary Social and Political Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Graduates of the Applied Social Sciences will be equipped with the talents, knowledge and experience to undertake a wide range of research-based or taught postgraduate programmes. With its strong focus on the applied nature of the Social Sciences, students undertaking the programme develop very practical contemporary skills that are immensely advantageous to the broad range of postgraduate opportunities available. The University offers an array of taught master’s degree and postgraduate diploma programmes of interest to Applied Social Sciences graduates. In the past number of years, the College has also pioneered the development of structured PhD programmes which combine the traditional research dissertation of the PhD with generic and discipline-specific training modules designed to enhance students’ skills and employability. The internship in year three of the programme will be an invaluable asset in the toolkit of graduates of the Applied Social Sciences programme.
Why Choose This Course?
The Applied Social Sciences programme offers clear pathways that lead to an array of career opportunities across a wide range of interests including governmental, agency and business sectors. Guidance will be offered throughout the programme to ensure students are undertaking the most appropriate modules for their own personal career goals and development. Careers post-graduation include (but are not limited to); Irish and international NGO’s, Agencies and authorities at local, national, EU and international levels, Public Service, Politics, Irish Aid Programmes, Community Work, Security and Crime Prevention, Contemporary Urban Planning, Environmental & Sustainability Policy, International Development, Human Resource Management, Business and Industry, Marketing, Industrial Relations, Journalism, the media and social research. Moreover, with its emphasis on broad societal contemporary challenges, the programme offers new and existing opportunities for students to develop careers in business, industry and commerce, working with private sector companies, SMEs and multinationals, by proving unique understandings of innovation and entrepreneur processes and practices.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Students who choose the Applied Social Sciences degree programme at NUI Galway are innovator and potential leaders seeking to understand and tackle the most demanding social, ecological and economic issues in contemporary society. They are frontrunners in informed decision-making pursuing accurate and truthful solutions to global issues and concerns based on fundamentally sound empirical research. The programme gives students the tools to address and tackle these grand societal concerns and problems. Graduates in Applied Social Science offer a wide range of skills that are invaluable to present-day employers across the public, private and third sectors. These include the ability to understand complex issues in a holistic manner, on individual and cultural and societal levels; research, analyse and evaluate data critically; question assumptions; understand people, institutions and their relationships; understand processes of change; make reasoned arguments; communicate concisely and clearly and solve pressing problems.
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees 2020/21:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.