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Social Data Analytics

The MSc in Social Data Analytics is a one year taught programme, delivered by schools within the College of Social Sciences and Law (Sociology), and College of Science (Computer Science). It equips students with a range of social scientific, computational, informational, statistical, and visual analytics skills, for the analysis of large or complex data that arise from human interaction. Students will receive training in sociological analysis, as well as core coding and programming skills, allowing them to avail of emergent technologies to manage real-world challenges, and conduct informed decision making. Students can also opt to complete an internship as part of their studies. The MSc in Social Data Analytics is suitable for graduates of social science or computer science programmes, or related disciplines such as psychology, politics, geography, or economics who want to develop their analytical skills further.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to hold a 2.1 honours degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent), preferably with a social sciences or cognate discipline component, and excellent academic references.

This programme includes core modules from Computer Science, which is a mathematical subject involving logical understanding and reasoning and therefore applicants must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of mathematics.

Students whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification. On the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) students will need to achieve an average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. More details are available through the UCD International Office at


1 Year Full-Time (W390) or 2 Years Part-Time (W439).

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
A wide range of different organizations including government departments, semi-state bodies, private companies in IT, finance and consultancy, as well as sectors such as education, health and social welfare are now exploring the benefits of combining large and complex data resources, including administrative data, for decision making and resource use. The MSc in Social Data Analytics at the UCD is ideal for graduates who want to upskill and avail of these excellent employment opportunities. It is designed to enable individuals to combine their social science and/or cognate training with strong technical and analytical skills, and to exploit the wide range of digitised and digital data now accessible by public and private sector organisations.

Further enquiries

Contact Number: 01 716 8674

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to Programming I

Introduction to Programming II

Analytical Sociology

Social Simulation: Methods and Models

Dynamic Social Networks

Quantitative Data Analytics & Applications

Stage 1 - Option
Algorithmic Problem Solving

Databases and Information Systems I

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Spatial Information Systems

Information Visualisation

Data Science in Python

Computational Thinking (Conversion)

Recommender Systems & Collective Intelligence

G.I.S. (Level 4)

Opportunity Generation and Recognition

Host Project Sprint

Introduction to Statistics


Global Migration

Capstone Research Proj

Sociology Graduate Internship

Comparing Healthcare Systems

Application date

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Social Data Analytics FT (W390)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSc Social Data Analytics PT (W391)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MSc Social Data Analytics (W390) Full Time
EU fee per year: €6885
Non EU fee per year: €18700

MSc Social Data Analytics (W391) Part Time
EU fee per year: €4480
Non EU fee per year: €9350

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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