BSc in Global Challenges

BSc in Global Challenges (subject to final accreditation)

Looking for a challenge?  Take on the global issues through challenge-based learning!

The DCU BSc in Global Challenges, delivered jointly by the School of Electronic Engineering and the School of Law and Government, is for people who want to challenge themselves to take on the world’s problems.  This unique programme integrates social science and technology studies through challenge-based learning.  Technological advances can bring about huge changes to the way we live. Students will also explore the societal and economic impacts of new and emerging technologies, and their effect on the future of work, environmental impacts and community interaction.

Students will engage with concrete problems, such as climate change, gender stereotypes, fake news, global health and global inequality.  Solutions to these problems will be explored through simulations,  hackathons and interdisciplinary team-work.   Challenges will be inspired by examples from the public, private, and NGO sectors, as well as student-generated challenges.  We will equip graduates to develop socially effective technological solutions to real problems.

Quick Info

Course Code: DC189

Course Entry: CAO

Course Type: Level 8 (Honours Degree)

Course Duration: 4 Years

Course Delivery: Full-Time

Internship: Yes

Understanding Global Challenges

How can we use technology to change the world for the better? The BSc in Global Challenges trains the student to engage with this question and embeds the skills of research and investigation needed to discover user needs and broader stakeholder views.  To solve these global challenges this course encourages the student to consider what is efficient, what is fair, what is just and what is legal in addition to what is technologically possible, or may become possible, in the future.  The BSc in Global Challenges is an innovative and inspiring programme operating at the intersection of social science and technology.

Employers are already demanding technology-savvy big-thinkers who can work across disciplines.  Graduates of the BSc in Global Challenges will be entrepreneurial game-changers, influencers and leaders of the future.  To solve the challenges in an ever changing world we need creative problem solvers who are socially engaged and passionate about social and technological innovation

Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly is a public sector organisation with a focus on Healthy Placemaking, Climate Action and Economic Opportunity. Central to all of these objectives is promoting innovation and sustainable development.

In the increasingly fast changing environment we are now experiencing, an agile education system is essential to meeting the demands that are placed on those who will find the solutions we need into the future for challenges not yet even envisaged. Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly welcomes the BSc in Global Challenges developed by Dublin City University and we look forward to working with DCU and the graduates of this exciting new approach to training leaders of the future.

Jim Conway, Director, Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly

‘In the Ireland of 2021 and beyond we are experiencing an unprecedented pace and scale of current and future complex societal, legal, climate, technological and matched policy change.

It has therefore never been more important that we appropriately prepare, equip and populate the Irish workforce with graduates that are system thinkers who are fluent with the requisite technological knowledge and societal competencies to be leaders in a changing, technology-infused workplace to effectively deliver on this change agenda.’

Anne Shakespeare, CEO, Pobal

Why do this course?

BSc Global Challenges
  • The only programme of its kind in Ireland

  • Small class numbers

  • Knowledge-based and practice-oriented learning such as simulations and hackathons

  • Industrial internship in Year 3

  • Mainly continuous assessment with fewer exams

About the course

This new programme will be taught in smaller classes than is typical and only twenty ambitious students will be admitted in the first year.  Some classes will be shared with other programmes and be assessed through the usual individual examinations and projects.  However, the BSc in Global Challenges will emphasise collaborative work in class and for assessment purposes.  In selecting, developing, and adapting challenges we will work with our networks in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as guiding you in selecting your own team challenges.


Leaving Cert

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

Minimum of H5/O2 in Mathematics

GCE A Level

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

GCE A Level C Mathematics

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.