Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

BA in Social Sciences is a multi-disciplinary study programme starting at Level 3. Each year is divided into two semesters. During each semester, you can offer courses worth a maximum of 15 credits. To complete the programme, you need to have a total of 90 credits. Each year you will offer a combination of compulsory and elective courses. In addition, you will have to offer what are known as ‘Continuing Education’ (CE) courses. You can select up to 8 credits of CE courses each year. Some of the CE courses, such as English, are compulsory.This degree is offered in the English medium and it offers you the opportunity to obtain a multi-disciplinary social science training while selecting a stream in which you can obtain a special orientation. Students who register for the programme can choose from the following 4 streams.

  1. Economics and Development Studies
  2. Communication Studies
  3. Politics and International Relations
  4. Society and Culture Studies
Programme Code :
BA
Programme Category :
Undergraduate Programme
Conducted by :
Dept. of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Programme duration :
Minimum 03 Years Maximum 09 Years
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
Economics,Sociology, Mass Communication, Politics and International Studies

• A minimum of three (03) passes at the G.C.E. (A/L) Examination in any stream, or
• Any foundation programme offered by the OUSL, or
• A minimum of 30 Credits at SLQF Level 2 or above from any programme approved by the OUSL Senate, or
• Qualification or accredited work experience equivalent to NVQF Level 4, or
• An equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the OUSL Senate.

Accepting on-line Applications:
    April 2023
Closing Date for Applications:
Programme Commencing Date:

Local Students

  • Rs. 1450 per credit (This is a 90 credit programme with 30 credits of main courses offered in each year. There will be additional credits (10) for continuing education courses)

Overseas Students
Tuition Fee : US$ 8,282*
 *: In addition to the above fee, is a refundable deposit of US$ 1000 will be charged from the foreign students before the registration.  

This undergraduate programme is conducted by the Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Contact the Department of Social Studies

Address :
Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda.
Contact :
0112881417 / 0112881403/ 0112881034 / 0112881496
Email :

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