Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Science

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Course summary

The social sciences present a deep dive into understanding and analysing the key issues affecting society. The degree covers business management, criminology, psychology, sociology and sport. Students learn how to apply the latest theories to a wide range of real world situations. Note that entry to this course is available to years 2, 3 or 4 only. Abertay’s BA (Hons) Social Science degree is delivered within the School of Business, Law and Social Sciences. It is designed to provide the study of human behaviour and actions and offers a broader scope than many conventional social science programmes. The cross-disciplinary nature of the degree will develop your ability to think in different ways and to acquire valuable intellectual skills, preparing you for working in an ever-changing, knowledge-based economy. It equips graduates with a wide range of transferable skills, valuable for many industries. The curriculum is built around a core module set, with a wide variety of options and modules available for you to build a programme that reflects your interests and career aspirations. The degree is highly flexible. You can organise your degree studies around a subject pathway preference from any of those on offer and have this as a named component of your final degree award. The course has a work placement. A module, Community Links, is an opportunity to take up a work placement in a public or voluntary sector organisation throughout your final year. Abertay is ranked: • UK University of the Year 2021 - Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian Good University Guide 2021) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)

Course details


Year 2 core modules (subject to change over time) - SOC201 Classical Social Theory; SOC204 Crime, Media and the State. You will also be required to select 3 option modules and one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment method

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. 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.

How to apply

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If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Relevant Higher National Diploma or equivalent (for example, HND Social Science)

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have National 5 English at C or equivalent and National 5 Maths/Lifeskill Maths at C or National 4 Maths/Lifeskill Maths at P or equivalent

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £14000 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Social Science at Abertay University - UCAS