Social Work

Students complete two practice placements as well as a range of modules, such as Theory and Social Work; Social Work Practice, Law and Human Rights; Social Policy, Mental Health and Health Promotion; Support and Protection across the Lifecourse; and Crime Reduction and Probation Work.

1. Placement opportunities: Practice placements are carried out in a variety of settings, including those dealing with child protection, domestic violence, mental health, disability, and older people.

2. Employability: Excellent employment prospects.

3. Accredited: The programme is currently accredited by the statutory regulatory agency, CORU (see, the Health and Social Care Professionals' Council.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
A primary undergraduate degree (minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in one of the following: BA with a major in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology Social Policy, Social Science, Social Studies, Social Care, Public and Social Policy, Youth and Family Studies, Childhood Education, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Community Development or other relevant qualifications deemed equivalent by NUI Galway. Applicants must have the equivalent of six months' full-time relevant experience (960 hours) by the time of application. Up to 240 hours can be allocated to relevant placement, and the remaining must be from supervised practice in a relevant social service organisation.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System. Two letters of reference, one academic and one work-related, and a well-written and convincing personal statement (600 words) must also be submitted. You must also provide evidence of the equivalent of six months' work experience on the relevant form provided within the online application system. Interviews take place in February/ early-March annually.

GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme.

Application dates

CLOSING DATE: 27th January 2023


2 years full-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Social workers are much in demand and deal with a range of issues that affect people, including poverty, violence, abuse, mental health, addiction and disability. A range of voluntary, public and private sector organisations require social work services, such as the Health Services Executive, Tusla (Child and Family Agency), the Department of Justice's probation services and local authorities. The voluntary/non-governmental sector includes specialist services to children and adults such as Ability West, Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity Services, Galway Drugs Service, Jigsaw and COPE.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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