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Social Science

Social science allows you to study human behaviour and society from a variety of angles. This variety provides you with a broad perspective on the world and a diverse range of skills - ideal for today's constantly-evolving job market.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BA (Hons)

UCAS Code: L300 BA/SocSc

Duration: 4 years (full-time)


Please note that entry to this course is available to Years 2, 3 or 4 only, in September, with the appropriate qualifications.  

Why choose this course?   

  • This course allows students the opportunity to study human behaviour and action from different disciplinary vantage points, thereby enhancing your understanding.
  • It offers a wide range of subject-based option modules, allowing you to construct a degree that reflects your subject interests.
  • There is the opportunity to specialise in one of the social science subject areas in order to award graduates with a named award of BA (Hons) Social Science with (subject).
  • Advanced entry is available for relevant HNC/HND holders and EU students on related higher education courses.

This course offers the opportunity to study a range of subjects, including Economics, Health Management, Psychology, Sociology and Sport; thereby offering a broader scope than many conventional social science programmes. You will develop your ability to think in different ways and acquire valuable intellectual skills, preparing you for working in our ever changing, knowledge based economy. It also contributes to you becoming an active and informed citizen in our increasingly complex, technologically-based society. Overall, studying at Abertay offers a stimulating, cross-disciplinary higher education experience which will help you understand the nature of our globalised world.


What you study

What you study
The programme offers a broad range of social science subjects which you will be introduced to in the initial years of your studies. Building on these introductory years you have the choice of specialist option modules from six social science subject areas. These are:

  • Psychology 
  • Management Studies 
  • Business Studies 
  • Sociology 
  • Sport & Health

The BA Social Science curriculum is built around a core module set, with a wide variety of options modules available for students to build a programme that reflects their interests and preferences.  Students are able, if they wish to organise their degree studies around a subject pathway preference from any of those on offer.  This way, they can specialise in a particular subject stream, and will have this as a named component of their final degree award. 

What our students say about why they applied:

 “I applied to do a degree in Social Science as I didn't want to concentrate on just one subject. Abertay gave me this opportunity as well as the choice in what areas to study.” Suzanne, Glamorgan,Wales, BA (Hons) Social Science with Psychology.

I chose Social Science because I had always been interested in the world we live in. I didn't want to simply exist in a world that I didn't understand. I wanted to play an active role in finding out how the fabric of society is made up, why as individuals we do the things we do, how we have got to the point we are at today, and where it seems we are headed.” Kimberly, North Ayrshire, Scotland, BA (Hons) Social Science. 

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BA with Honours in Social Science

How you learn and are assessed

The diversity of any Social Science programme is a part of its strength.  Abertay's BA Social Science, reflecting its diversity of subject areas, also offers a wide variety of teaching and assessment styles.  From formal lectures and tutorials, to industry placements and sports science laboratories; from essays to business portfolios and psychological testing, the Social Science degree thrives on diversity, challenge and choice.

Examination techniques

A wide variety of assessments will be used to assess you throughout your degree including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations and a final year dissertation.  Around a third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices. 


Entry routes

Please note that entry to this course is available to Years 2, 3 or 4 only in September with the appropriate qualifications.  

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Advanced Higher: ABB (to include Sociology, Politics, Modern Studies, History or Psychology)
A Level: ABB (to include Sociology, Politics, History or Psychology)
HNC/HND - our Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

- our Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses 

Ordinary Degree in Learning Disabilities/Difficulties

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

Fees shown are payable annually, and may be subject to increase each year.

Further info

Career prospects

This course prepares graduates for people-oriented jobs which require an understanding of how people think and act, and have levels of interaction with others. Graduates have successfully gone into diverse fields such as social work, community education, teaching, care services, the police service and public relations work.

“I chose to study the BA (Hons) Social Science at Abertay University because I realised how dynamic the course is. It has allowed me to have a combination of subjects required for teacher training to be a modern studies teacher.”  Louise, Fife, Scotland, BA (Hons) Social Science with Sociology

We are proud of our Social Science graduates who leave us with the ability to ask more questions than when they arrive. Our aim is not simply to produce graduates who ‘know’ the world, but who can interrogate ideas and generate creative and novel ways of dealing with issues and problems.

Industry links

A significant feature of the BA Social Science programme at Abertay is its emphasis on skills required for the workplace.  This culminates with a core final year module that enable students to put their acquired knowledge and abilities to use in a work place suited to the skills and interests of Social Science students.  Each student will be placed with a third sector, NGO employer in their final year, to experience the world of work first hand, in preparation for their graduation and entry into the world of employment.  

Want to know more?
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"I applied to do a degree in Social Science as I didn't want to concentrate on just one subject. Abertay gave me this opportunity as well as the choice in what areas to study."

Suzanne, Glamorgan

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