Social Care Management - Online

This proposed programme aims to equip experienced social care workers with the knowledge, skills and insight required to be effective managers in social care settings. The intention is to offer the learner an opportunity to examine the practice of leadership and management in social care services, informed by an analysis of wider management theory, in order to develop appropriate management competencies.

What will the time commitment be?
Part-Time over 2 academic years (1 day per week over 4 semesters). Class contact hours will normally be approximately 6 hours per week (online), but this will vary in some semesters. The division of 'live' and 'recorded' online content varies depending on the module. The online classes are run on a Friday from 9am – 4pm. Some classes are delivered 'live' online, while others are recorded and can be accessed in your own time. There is an additional 2 hours per module for recorded materials, readings and self-directed study.

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

Master of Arts in Social Care Management (Level 9)

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?

Year 1
• Professional Supervision Theory and Practice
• Contemporary Management for Social Care and Community Organisations
• Strategic Operations and Project Management
• Managing for Quality in Service Delivery
• Research Skills for Managers

Year 2
• Law for Social Care Managers
• Human Resource Management
• Financial Management for Social Care and Community Development Organisations
• Research Thesis

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?
A primary honours degree in Social Care, or equivalent degree in a cognate discipline, with a minimum award of Second-Class Honours Grade 2.2


An appropriate professional qualification in a cognate discipline AND at least 2 years relevant professional experience/responsibility


A primary honours degree AND at least 3 years relevant professional responsibility and experience

An interview may form part of the selection process.

The number of enrolments to this part-time programme is restricted to 25 students.

Students must be in employment or have previously worked in a social care setting. Students should ideally have the support of an agency to fulfil the academic and practical requirements of the course.

NB: Successful completion of this programme of study will not confer entitlement to register as a Social Care Worker.

Please ensure that you upload or attach relevant supporting documentation as appropriate when submitting your application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Application dates

Application Deadline Monday 30th August 2021

Assessment Info

The vast majority of the course is assessed through continual assessment for all elements of each module. However there are also final exams as well as continual assessment for the following modules.




2 years

Due to changes as a result of COVID this course is currently being delivered online in keeping with public health advice. While some opportunities may arise for face-to-face teaching it is envisaged that the course will continue to be offered online in future.

Location: Online


€3,500 per annum. Please note that an Instalment Fees Plan can be arranged.

Enrolment dates

How To Apply:
1. Apply Online (Please see "Application Weblink below).

2. Email: Download and complete the Application Form from the course page and email to

3. By Post: Download and complete the Application Form from the course page and post to our Flexible Learning office in Moylish or Thurles.

4. In Person: Download and complete the Application Form from the course page and bring to our Flexible Learning office in Moylish or Thurles.

Start Date: Next Proposed start date is 13th September 2019. The application deadline has been extended to 2nd September with limited spaces available.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime

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