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Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences

Prepare for direct entry to a range of postgraduate degrees such as History, Law, Politics and Translation at Queen's University Belfast.

Course features

  • Develop your knowledge and skills through active learning in your chosen subject area.
  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students.
  • Adapt to studying in the UK with a strong focus on study and research skills.
  • Improve your English level and develop the vocabulary for your chosen degree subject.
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Develop both your academic knowledge and English language skills in just nine months.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 18 years and above
Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution or Higher Education Diploma (3-5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £16,115
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms £16,115
23 September 2019 5 June 2020 3 Terms
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6 January 2020 21 August 2020 3 Terms
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Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 12 hours
  • Subject module classes per week: 8 hours

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.


Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO International students learning as a group from textbooks

Building on your skills and knowledge gained from your Social Sciences pathway, this postgraduate degree provides you with an in-depth knowledge of Translation Studies.

You’ll learn how to develop skills which professional translator competence is based upon, as well as build advanced expertise in your principal non-native language.

There are also opportunities for further language training and professionally-based practice experiences to take advantage of, to really enhance your skills and knowledge before beginning your career.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through examinations and coursework including: written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

Study one (or more) term(s) of English before continuing on to your academic pathway programme. Perfect if you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS point.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 18 years and above
Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution or Higher Education Diploma (3-5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 23 August 2019 4 Terms £20,700
24 June 2019 5 June 2020 4 Terms
-
23 September 2019 21 August 2020 4 Terms
-

Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 12 hours
  • Subject module classes per week: 8 hours

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.


Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO International students learning as a group from textbooks

Building on your skills and knowledge gained from your Social Sciences pathway, this postgraduate degree provides you with an in-depth knowledge of Translation Studies.

You’ll learn how to develop skills which professional translator competence is based upon, as well as build advanced expertise in your principal non-native language.

There are also opportunities for further language training and professionally-based practice experiences to take advantage of, to really enhance your skills and knowledge before beginning your career.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through examinations and coursework including: written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 18 years and above
Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution or Higher Education Diploma (3-5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £16,115
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms £16,115
23 September 2019 5 June 2020 3 Terms
-
6 January 2020 21 August 2020 3 Terms
-

Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 12 hours
  • Subject module classes per week: 8 hours

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO International students learning as a group from textbooks

Building on your skills and knowledge gained from your Social Sciences pathway, this postgraduate degree provides you with an in-depth knowledge of Translation Studies.

You’ll learn how to develop skills which professional translator competence is based upon, as well as build advanced expertise in your principal non-native language.

There are also opportunities for further language training and professionally-based practice experiences to take advantage of, to really enhance your skills and knowledge before beginning your career.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through examinations and coursework including: written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 18 years and above
Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution or Higher Education Diploma (3-5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Queen's you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £2,500.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 23 August 2019 4 Terms £20,700
24 June 2019 5 June 2020 4 Terms
-
23 September 2019 21 August 2020 4 Terms
-

Class information

Class hours:

20 hours per week on average

Class size: 16
Class duration:
  • English classes per week: 12 hours
  • Subject module classes per week: 8 hours

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO International students learning as a group from textbooks

Building on your skills and knowledge gained from your Social Sciences pathway, this postgraduate degree provides you with an in-depth knowledge of Translation Studies.

You’ll learn how to develop skills which professional translator competence is based upon, as well as build advanced expertise in your principal non-native language.

There are also opportunities for further language training and professionally-based practice experiences to take advantage of, to really enhance your skills and knowledge before beginning your career.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through examinations and coursework including: written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

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