Introduction to the programme

The International Bachelor in Social Sciences offers you an international and interdisciplinary perspective on social sciences and specialisation in one or two bachelor subjects.
International Bachelor in Social Sciences - what is it about?

The International Bachelor in Social Sciences is about investigating, understanding and explaining the social, economic and political conditions in society from an international perspective.

During the first year on the International Bachelor in Social Sciences, you will have courses in political science, sociology, economics, planning, spaces and resources. You will work interdisciplinary, and will gain knowledge of key social science concepts, theories, and methods. This will form the foundations of your academic knowledge regardless of the subjects you select for your specialisation.

From the second year, you start to specialise in either one or two subjects. You can choose from a predefined list of combinations from social sciences, or you can combine your social science subject with a subject in the humanities or natural sciences.

You will study together with both Danish students and students from other countries. This gives you a multicultural study and learning environment. The programme is taught in English, this means that you will have to read and write academic English for both your courses, exams and projects. Moreover, all teaching and course literature is in English. The academic staff come from different countries, and from different academic fields of social sciences including geography, political science and international relations.

The programme has a strong focus on methods, and each semester you will have a course in different social science methods, starting with introductory courses. In your final year you will have more specialised method courses. The methods courses will provide you with strong competencies to investigate and analyse relevant problems in society, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

In addition to your courses, you will carry out project work, where you will be part of a project group, and together with 3-4 other students you will identify and investigate a societal problem. During the project work, you will apply your theoretical knowledge and methodological tools from the courses.

From bachelor to master

A bachelor's degree from Roskilde University will provide access to study a master's programme. Depending on which subject(s) you choose as a part of your bachelor's programme, your degree will provide access to one or more of Roskilde University's master's programmes.


You will have the opportunity to spend a term at one of the universities with which RUC’s social sciences area has a student exchange agreement, or you can organize such a stay at another university yourself.

Study guide

Read this year's study guide about International Bachelor in Social Sciences for more information for international students on the study programme. Study guide International Bachelor in Social Sciences (pdf)