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Social Science degrees abroad

Social science is a far-reaching academic field that encompasses several subjects, including sociology, psychology, criminology, law, international relations, and politics. At its core, social science is concerned with the behaviors of individuals and groups, and their interactions with society.

As a social science student, you can either specialize in a particular discipline or maintain a more general course of study throughout your program. Either way, your studies will help you to make sense of today’s world. You’ll use key research and theories to understand and explain a range of real-life scenarios and problems and explore topics such as inequality, social policy, power, and political thought.

Your understanding of social science will be enriched by studying abroad. You’ll see human society through both a narrow cultural lens and a broader global perspective. You’ll observe how people and societies interact differently around the world depending on their historical and cultural contexts. This exposure will help you become a more critical and creative social scientist.

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Social Science program structure

There are plenty of undergraduate and graduate social science programs for you to choose from. Most undergraduate students opt to study a BA or BSc. These programs share similar course content and expectations, but BSc courses involve more scientific analysis and research.

You’ll probably be encouraged to undertake a placement or sandwich year during your studies so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge to practical situations and gather real-world experience.

Once you’ve finished your bachelor’s, you can go on to earn a postgraduate qualification. You’ll be expected to delve deeper into a more specific area of interest, conduct independent research, and develop original interpretations. A master’s can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which takes between four and seven years to complete.

Teaching and assessment will vary from module to module, but you can expect to attend lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratories, and tutorials. You’ll be graded through a combination of exams, essays, reports, case studies, and presentations.

Social science is a highly flexible program and you’ll have plenty of elective modules to choose from so that you can tailor your degree to your interests and strengths. However, most courses around the world will include some of the following core topics:

  • Introduction to studying the social sciences
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Classic social theory
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Social policy
  • Social inequalities in contemporary society
  • Understanding social welfare and the state

Social Science study abroad programs

Social science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in social science

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    Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (Tempe Campus) - BS Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,760 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Applied Social Studies - BA Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,648 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Social Sciences - BSocSc University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,906 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,334 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Health and Social Science - BSc (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,985 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, April
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    Career and Technology Studies: Human Sciences (North Campus Edmonton) - BEd University of Alberta, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,499 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,200 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in social science

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    Legal Studies: Social Science - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Social Science - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,260 USD

    Start date
    June, August, February
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Science - AA Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,743 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science - AA Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,786 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,786 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Liberal Arts: Behavioral Science and Social Science (Los Medanos College) - AA Colleges of Contra Costa, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,840 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,840 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Certificate in social science

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    Quantitative Research Analysis in Social Sciences - Cert University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,104 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,104 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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Pathway in social science

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    Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences (International Foundation Year leading to German and Portuguese BA - Hons) - UGP Cardiff University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,415 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,500 GBP

    Start date
    November, January, September
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    Business and Social Sciences - FD Glasgow International College (at the University of Glasgow), UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,540 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Social Sciences, Fundation program - UGP University of Strathclyde, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,377 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,100 GBP

    Start date
    May, September
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    Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Foundation program - UGP Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,137 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, November, January
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - UGP Nottingham Trent International College (at Nottingham Trent University), UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,900 GBP

    Start date
    May, June, July, September, January, February
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences

Social science graduate programs

Master's in social science

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    Curriculum and Instruction: Social Science - EdS/MEd Florida Atlantic University, USA
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    Program type
    Doctorate/Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,456 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,456 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Human Sciences - MSc (Research) London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,441 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    May, June, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
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    Human Sciences (Greenwich Campus) - MPhil/PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's/Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,630 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Humanities and Social Sciences - MRes University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,795 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,800 GBP

    Start date
    October
    Show program overview about Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Social Science - MSocSc University of Colorado Denver, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,344 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,344 USD

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about Master of Social Science

Doctorate in social science

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    Curriculum and Instruction: Social Science - EdS/MEd Florida Atlantic University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate/Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,456 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,456 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show program overview about Curriculum and Instruction: Social Science
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    Human Sciences - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,390 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, April
    Show program overview about Human Sciences
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    Human Sciences (Greenwich Campus) - MPhil/PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's/Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,630 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Human Sciences, MPhil/PhD

Pathway in social science

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    Business and Social Sciences - PGP University of Strathclyde, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,631 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,350 GBP

    Start date
    September, November, January
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    Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton International College, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,479 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,180 GBP

    Start date
    June, September, January, May
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - PGP Kaplan International College London: Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,990 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, March
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - PGP UWE Bristol’s International College, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,960 GBP

    Start date
    June, July, September, October, January, February, April
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master's
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - PGP Kaplan International College London: University of Westminster, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,990 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, May
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s

Future social science careers

Thanks to the far-reaching nature of a social science degree, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue several careers in the public and private sectors. Your skills in critical thinking, research, and analysis will help in any of the following roles:

  • Civil servant
  • Community development officer
  • Human resources manager
  • International aid worker
  • Police, prison or probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Teacher

If you’re unsure of what your dream job is, or how to secure it, arrange an appointment with your university’s career service. They’re there to give you free, professional, and confidential advice and guidance.