Social Science

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Key Facts

Code L301
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Are you interested in a social science degree programme given that 44% of global leaders have a training in its core disciplines? If so, then Aberystwyth University’s innovative degree provides a unique opportunity to explore how societies vary across space and time, having distinctive geography and history that is reflected in a wide range of global, social, political, cultural and economic processes.

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Social Sciences graduates nationally. (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning


Why study BSc Social Science at Aberystwyth University? 

  • Aberystwyth University is within the top 4 of all UK Universities and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016). 
  • The Department of International Politics which administers the degree programme is regarded as world leading and internationally excellent, and we are the best in Wales with our pioneering Research (Ref 2014). 
  • Please note that the Department of International Politics administers the programme but much of the teaching takes place across the Institute You will be taught by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment. The core first year module, Understanding the Social World, has received 100% student satisfaction 
  • You may have the opportunity to undertake social science research in overseas destinations (currently New York or Dublin).
Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Career prospects

Our BSc Social Science will prepare you with the skills which are necessary for a wide range of employment sectors across the professions including: 

  • Health and social work
  • The public sector 
  • Management 
  • Research 

The employment rates for social science graduates are far higher than those who have studied STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or the arts and humanities. In addition, there a higher proportion of social science graduates are in managerial and senior official roles than are graduates of STEM or arts-humanities subjects.

What skills do I acquire from studying Social Sciences?

Studying for a degree in Social will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• Working independently
• Working as part of a team
• Respecting the views, beliefs, opinions and values of others
• Listening to and engaging with other speakers
• Effective communication in a range of settings – debates, group discussions and formal presentations
• Effective written communication
• Use of information technologies to present and communicate information
• Time management
• Problem solving
• Adapting to change
• Note taking and recording information

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year you will learn about:

  • Key concepts, theories, methods and approaches by taking the core modules, Understanding the Social World and Approaches to Psychology
  • Perspectives on Social and Individual behaviour, Place, Culture and Society
  • Approaching the Political
  • Capitalism
  • Making of the modern world

In the second and third years you may explore:

  • Core social science research methods and skills
  • Social Psychology
  • Modern China
  • Modern Welsh Society
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Gender
  • Conflict and Security
  • By the end of your final year you will have produced a social science dissertation on a subject of your choice.

 How will I be taught?

  • We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars.
  • We will assign you a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your degree and who will help you any problems whether these are academic-related or personal issues. 
  • You will be assessed through examinations, course work and presentations. 

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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