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Global Challenges - No longer Running for Entry 2024

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Want to change the world? To address global challenges like climate change, fake news and global inequality, the world needs curious, ambitious people who can develop smart, sustainable solutions.


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If you want to design creative solutions to real-world problems, you can gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to make real change happen on the BSc in Global Challenges.

You’ll study diverse social science and technical topics, including cutting-edge emerging technologies and valuable international relations specialisms. You’ll learn through hackathons, gamification and challenge-based team learning.

And you’ll build a toolkit of skills such as leadership, project planning and research. These will enable you to work across multiple disciplines, manage diverse projects and become a thought and action leader of tomorrow.

During the course, you’ll frequently encounter our industry partners during projects, workshops and events.

You’ll also complete a nine-month work placement in third year. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to develop projects that are technically feasible, and also take into account the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental impact.

You could end up working as a project leader, strategic innovator, digital innovation strategist or similar in the public or private sector.

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Careers & Further Options

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Employers are already demanding technology-savvy, quantitatively strong generalists and this programme will produce the sort of fit-for-the-future people required. Technology is changing at a rapid rate and organisations need to adapt to keep up in this digital era.

Graduates of the BSc in Global Challenges will be prepared to be future leaders who are big picture thinkers, creative problem solvers, socially engaged and passionate about social and technological innovation.  

Graduates will be equipped with the skills to work across disciplines, crossing traditional boundaries in solving complex real world problems. They will have the ability to plan and manage complex projects involving multiple stakeholders. 

This will be based on an understanding of the full societal, economic and political impacts of implementing novel technological solutions.


  • Business and consulting
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Local authorities and planning
  • International development
  • Civil Service
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Non profit sector
  • Policy evaluation
Project leader
Project director
Innovation Strategist
Business Innovator
Digital innovation Strategist
Sustainability Manager
Smart cities specialist
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications. 


Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H5/O2 in Mathematics

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C Mathematics

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No Entry Path

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.

Course Structure

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If you want to design creative solutions to real-world problems, you can gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to make real change happen on the BSc in Global Challenges.

During the course:

  • You will frequently work in teams on engaging challenges based on real data and reflecting issues based on those encountered by industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations.
  • You will study innovative modules such as climate change, biogeography, sustainable food security, environmental ethics, environmental economics, environmental data analysis, and natural ecosystem solutions.
  • You will engage in a residential field module as an integral part of this course, which provides an opportunity to collect environmental data and engage with environmental and climate issues at a local scale.

Learning a foreign language
Language courses are available to you if you wish to learn a language at a more relaxed pace alongside your degree. This is not part of your degree, but if you choose this option, you will obtain extra credit and certification for this. We offer courses in seven languages - Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. These can be taken from beginners (apart from French and German) to advanced level. 

Study abroad
Studying abroad provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the culture of another country and greatly enhances your language skills. You will have an option to study abroad for a year at one of our partner universities in Year 3 and complete the final year of your degree in Year 4 in DCU. (The option to study abroad is offered on merit once you fulfil the criteria.)

INTRA placement
You will have an option to apply for a year-long paid work placement as part of DCU’s INTRA internship programme in Year 3 and complete the final year of your degree in Year 4. INTRA provides you with a chance to work in a real world environment giving you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, increase your employability and experience the relevance of your study. For more information on the INTRA programme at DCU, please visit (Note: This option is competitive and subject to the availability of placements.)

Indicative Content
While content of the course may change over time, these modules are indicative of what you will be studying in each year.

  • Statistics 
  • Sensing the World 
  • Internet of Things
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship  
  • Research for Global Challenges   
  • Global Governance 
  • Conflict, Peace, and Security OR Climate Change: Politics, Policy, and Behaviour 
  • Modelling the Changing World 
  • Technology Systems Design 
  • Political Ideas in the Twenty-First Century OR International Law and Contemporary Issues 
  • Project
  • Transforming Society with AI
  • Data Privacy  
  • Social Research  
  • Gender and Politics OR Politics in South Asia 
  • Analysing Public Policy Challenges 
  • Project: Using AI for Global Challenges  
  • INTRA Work Placement
  • Renewable Energy 
  • New Techniques in Social Research  
  • Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy OR Post-Soviet PoliticsDigital International Relations 
  • Middle East and North Africa 
  • Project based on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Optional subjects:

  • Decarbonisation for a Sustainable Future 
  • Introduction to Smart Healthcare Technologies 
  • Manufacturing Systems 

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,607 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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No Entry Route for September 2024

No Entry Path 

No Entry Route for September 2024


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What is Global Challenges?

Our BSc in Global Challenges allows students to engage in concrete problems, such as climate change, global health and global inequality. Solutions to such problems are explored through hackathons, simulations and teamwork.  This course includes modules that deal with issues such as creating impact in a changing world, exploring and enabling technologies and solutions, shaping global leaders and many more.


What type of jobs would people do after Global Challenges?

Graduates are prepared to be future leaders who are big-picture thinkers and are equipped with the skills to work across several disciplines. Some career areas that graduates can go into are: Business and Consulting, Technology, Healthcare, International development, etc. More specific jobs would be project leader, project director, innovation strategist, business innovator, digital innovation strategist, sustainability manager, etc.


I am interested in studying Global Challenges and was wondering if the course has a work placement module?

Students on the BSc in Global Business undertake a paid work placement for at least 9 months. Work placement commences in third year and constitutes an important part of the programme of study. You will liaise with our INTRA office to organise a suitable placement for you that fits within the programme you are studying. In the past, many students have been hired by their work placement companies after they have graduated.  It is a wonderful learning experience and gives students the opportunity to put their learning into practice.