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Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Health and Society

Bachelor of Science in Health and Society

  • CAO CodeDC209
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Min Points 2019 419
  • Duration Three Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

This degree programme will help you understand health in biological, social, political, ethical and psychological contexts. You will learn about health research, engage in health action projects or campaigns, research experiences in illness and disability, and examine health-related issues like drugs in society, nutrition, body image, and trauma and abuse.

Why do this course?

  • A strong emphasis is placed on research inquiry into and action on key contemporary health issues
  • Option to focus on health issues of personal relevance and interest to you
  • Opportunity for engagement in health action projects and campaigns locally, nationally and globally
  • Work with a dynamic lecturing team that has diverse health-related expertise and experience

Student Voice

A degree in Health and Society is a degree in and for life. The scope of learning throughout means you are consistently challenged to apply theories to real world problems.  It is relevant to both current health and social affairs as well as providing a place for deep thinking and ethical debate. Completing this course has meant I walked into a graduate career of my choice with a strength in critical problem solving. 

Angel Cullinane

About the course

You will undertake a range of modules, including those in which you will:

  • Investigate various perspectives—biological, social, political, ethical, psychological—that you can employ in examining health issues

  • Learn about health research

  • Actively engage in health projects or campaigns

  • Develop your own ‘healthy qualities’

  • Examine particular health-related issues such as ‘drugs in society’, ‘nutrition and health’ and ‘trauma and abuse in society’

As part of the course, you will have opportunities to engage in activities and project work that you find personally relevant and interesting.

With a particular emphasis on health action in the everyday world, you will participate in a voluntary community project in Year One.

In Year Two you will design and implement a small health campaign (working with fellow students).

In Year Three you will conduct a health action project as part of a final dissertation.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


As a DCU Health and Society graduate, you will be well placed for a future career in a health-related profession or for work in overseas development, community development and the voluntary sector.

The degree also provides a good entry route to postgraduate study if you hope to pursue a career in an area like like speech therapy, occupational therapy, or medicine and health promotion.

  • Community Development
  • Further Education
  • Healthcare
  • Overseas Development
  • Voluntary Sector

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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

Minimum of O6 or H7 in Mathematics and minimum of O6 or H7 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

GCE A Level

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

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level D or GCSE C Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level D or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications for entry to first-year Health and Society are welcomed from students who wish to transfer from another Level 8 course, providing they have achieved the requisite points and fulfil the requirements of the course.

International Applications

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. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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Bachelor of Science in Health and Society Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000