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
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms
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£16,115

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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.


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
24 June 2019 5 June 2020 4 Terms
View Term dates
*

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.


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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.


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.

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.
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
23 September 2019 5 June 2020 3 Terms
View Term dates
*
6 January 2020 21 August 2020 3 Terms
View Term dates
*

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.


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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.


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
23 September 2019 21 August 2020 4 Terms
View Term dates
*

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.


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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.


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.

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.

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
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms
View Term dates
£16,115

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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.

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
24 June 2019 5 June 2020 4 Terms
View Term dates
*

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.

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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.

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.

Please select your course delivery method with the toggle below.

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
23 September 2019 5 June 2020 3 Terms
View Term dates
*
6 January 2020 21 August 2020 3 Terms
View Term dates
*

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.

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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.

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
23 September 2019 21 August 2020 4 Terms
View Term dates
*

*Please note that the prices for courses due to commence in the academic year 2019 – 2020 have not yet been confirmed. The prices shown for the current academic year of 2018 – 2019 will be subject to an increase of up to a maximum of 4%. As soon as the prices for 2019 – 2020 are confirmed they will be updated so please continue to check here for the most up to date information*.

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

You’ll develop the key skills that demonstrate professional translator competence, as well as practising speaking, writing and listening in your principal non-native language.

There are many opportunities for further language training and industry-based practice to take advantage of, allowing you to enhance your skills and build your knowledge before beginning a career in Translation.

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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