Social Policy - Conversion Course
The Higher Diploma in Social Policy is a conversion course giving a foundation in the field of social policy for graduates who do not hold a social science degree. It can be studied full time as a one year course or part time over two years (by day).
The course sets social policy in the context of the social sciences. The course is particularly relevant to those who want to apply for professional postgraduate courses in social work, e.g. Master of Social Work.
You will study core modules on topics including the evolution of the welfare state, poverty and social exclusion, social policy and social theory, and housing and homelessness. Additionally, you will choose three optional modules from the areas of social science and social work, community development, youth policy, mental health, education, sexuality, planning, and developmental psychology.
You will also undertake a supervised 10,000 word, social research project on a social policy topic of your choice (in consultation with your supervisor). This will be a desk-based piece of research, involving an exploration of the policy and literature around your chosen topic.
Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Why Choose This Course
This is the only Higher Diploma Social Policy course in Ireland that combines intensive seminar immersion with the opportunity for field visits to countries such as France, Italy, Germany, and Sweden.
The Higher Diploma in Social Policy is open to graduates who do not already possess a BSocSc Honours Degree.
Applicants may be required to present for interview where an overall assessment of their suitability will be made.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Assessment is by a combination of essay, exams, and social research project.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
Full-time 1 Year
Part-time 2 years By Day
CKA02 (Full-time), CKA23 (Part-time)
Depending on optional modules chosen, for the full-time one year option, students can typically expect 12-16 hours of lectures per week, and four reading hour in the first semester, and 4-8 hours of lectures per week, and eight reading hours in the second semester. For the part-time option, students can typically expect 6/7 hours of lectures per week (by day). Students must also make themselves available for a study visit, which may be abroad, for 3 to 4 days.
Extra additional costs in addition to fees: approx. €250 on the study visit (for day-to-day living expenses) (flight and accommodation costs are included in the fee).
Start Date: 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
The Higher Diploma in Social Policy gives you a foundation in the study of the welfare state and the social services. It is a conversion course for those who don't hold a social science degree, but wish to apply for the Master of Social Work course. The course also prepares you for entry to other postgraduate courses in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, e.g. social policy, planning, youth and community work, social services administration and child care.