Health & Social Care - Advancing Health & Social Care

Is this course for me?
Our Master of Science in Advancing Health & Social Care is suitable for progression for professionals working in the provision and delivery of ever-changing health and social care agenda. It is a one year, full-time or two year, part-time course.

The Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Advancing Health & Social Care aims to provide you with concepts, theories and academic skills to contribute to an agenda of change in your organisation.

The modules will allow you to critically explore, assess, evaluate and enhance your area of professional expertise and interest, with a final module - Research Dissertation - enabling you to complete research in a topic of relevance to your area of expertise.

Topics covered include: Advanced Research Methods, Behaviours of Concern, Contemporary Legal & Professional Issues and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Mindfulness.

Typical careers include Senior Nursing, Social Work and Childcare Education.

Key features
• Critically explore, assess, evaluate and enhance your professional expertise and interest
• Dissertation allows students to complete research in an area relevant to their work

Special Requirements
Garda Vetting

Applicants for this programme are required to undergo Garda Vetting. For any programme where Garda Vetting is required, non-EU applicants will not be considered unless/until the pool of qualified EU applicants has been exhausted. For those admitted to any course requiring Garda Vetting, registration is temporary until such time as the vetting process is successfully completed.

Health Declaration

Applicants wishing to pursue this programme must complete a Health Declaration. Applicants must be deemed fit to practice in order to continue on the programme

Work Placement

The work placement modules are an integral part of the course. The aim of the placement is to provide learners with an opportunity to gain skills, experience and competence. Please note that with while the institute will make every effort to assist the learner in finding a placement final responsibility for securing the placement resides with the learner. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the learner.

Mandatory Training

Students will be required to undertake mandatory training as outlined by the course schedule. This is required prior to students going on placement.

Subjects taught

What will I study?
Year 1
Semester 1
• Advanced Research Methods (M)
• Advanced Professional Leadership & Management (M)

Semester 2
• Contemporary Legal & Professional Issues (M)
• Behaviours of Concern (M)

Year 2
Semester 1
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness (M)

Choose one of the following Electives (E):
• Teaching & Learning
• eHealth
• Sustainability in Healthcare
• Creativity in Relation to Therapeutic Settings

Semester 2
• Research Dissertation (M)

Elective module will only run if there is sufficient uptake.

(M) = Mandatory, (E) = Elective

*Not required for Postgraduate Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma = 60 ECTS Credits) Elective modules will only run if there is sufficient uptake.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirements are a Level 8 Honours Degree in a relevant discipline such as Health & Social Care, Nursing, Early Childhood Care, Social Work, Youth Work etc. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview. RPL will be considered in accordance with the Quality Assurance of LYIT.


1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
PGDip: 9 months

Post Course Info

Career Pathways

The main employers are:
Adult Services
Health Awareness Bodies
Care of the Elderly

Graduate Careers

Graduate careers typically include:
Senior Nurse Manager
Social Worker
Senior Health & Social Manager
Early Childcare Education Manager

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc PgDip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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