Social Policy

HDip Social Policy
Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)

This Higher Diploma is a transition course providing a foundation in Social Policy for graduates of other disciplines.

- regular access to academic staff who specialise in a wide range of areas within Social Policy and Social Work

- regular seminar meetings which provide academic support through the year of study

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Social Policy Theories and Concepts I SPOL10010
Understanding Social Problems and Policies SPOL10030
History of Irish Social Policy SPOL10180
Social Protection: Security, Work and Poverty SPOL20260
Child Abuse, Sexual + Domestic SPOL38190

Stage 1 - Option
Contemporary Irish Welfare State SPOL10020
Introduction to Social Work SPOL18130
Economics of Social Policy SPOL20050
Housing Policies, Neighbourhoods and Homes SPOL20280
Social Work in Practice SPOL28110
Global Social Policy SPOL28150
Enviro, Soc & Human Wellbeing SPOL28160
Work & the Welfare State SPOL28170
Social Policy & the Lifecourse SPOL28180
Policy-making, Implementation & Evaluation SPOL30010
Social Policy, Social Justice and the Environment SPOL30220
Analys Health & Soc Care Pol SPOL38200
Migration, Racism and Irish Society SPOL38210
Inequality and Social Justice in Irish Society SSJ10060
Gender, Power and Politics - Historical Perspectives SSJ20110

Entry requirements

Please contact the school for entry requirements.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
HDip Social Policy FT (W050)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


HDip Social Policy (W050) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6710
nonEU fee per year - € 13270

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The Higher Diploma in Social Policy can be used as a transition course for those who need to fulfil the Social Policy credit requirements for access to postgraduate training in Social Work. Additionally it provides a background in Social Policy for students interested in careers in Social Policy or Public Policy.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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