Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Research

As our school name implies, the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice has a tripartite disciplinary focus. Its affiliated centres provide an intellectual home for a dynamic and strongly multidisciplinary research programme.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Students entering the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice PhD degree programme should have achieved a minimum 2.1 Honours or international equivalent in a Masters degree cognate to their proposed thesis topic. Students are also required to complete a research proposal of between 4000-5000 words in length. The proposal should contain the following components: Introduction, Literature Review, Research Objectives, Methodology, References.

Language Requirements:
Students whose education prior to university level has not been carried out through the medium of English must satisfy English language requirements of a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS (minimum of 6.0 in each band). Other English as a foreign language qualifications may be considered, please contact the School for details. Please also note that in all cases the test results must be less than 2 years old.


MSocSc 2 years full-time


Social Policy (research focuses on welfare states in Ireland and internationally and in particular on: social security, housing, education, immigration, crime, health, family policy, private welfare, sustainable social policy and the environment, and disadvantaged neighbourhoods and groups, such as households in poverty);

Social Work (research focuses broadly on social work policy and practice, in particular on: health and mental health; child protection and well-being; drugs and addiction, anti-discriminatory practice; education and learning);

Social Justice (research focuses on equality, gender, care, sexuality and gender identity, human rights, social movements and social change strategies, and public policy).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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