Global Challenges

Looking for a challenge? Take on the global challenges through challenge-based learning.

The DCU BSc in Global Challenges 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 challenge-based learning projects, 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. 

"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."

Anna Shakespeare (Chief Executive Pobal (Government supporting communities)

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€16,000 Per Year

International student tuition fee

4 Years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time