Social Work

Trinity College Dublin

Social Work

Course Description
Social work is challenging and rewarding and requires a personal commitment to the ideals and values of the social work profession. Those considering social work as a career option should be aware of its ethical and value dimensions and, in particular, the commitment of practitioners to the promotion of social justice.

In accordance with Irish statutory regulations this Master in Social Work/Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work programme is approved by the national regulatory body for health and social care professionals (CORU). The programme offers professional social work education for applicants with a primary degree in Social Sciences or equivalent. Upon completion of the Master in Social Work/Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work successful candidates will be eligible to apply for registration as a professional social worker.

This is a two year full time programme consisting of 16 weeks full-time academic attendance and 14 weeks full-time fieldwork placement in the first year, and 14 weeks full-time academic attendance and 14 weeks full-time field work placement in second year.

The programme has an international perspective and students may avail of international placement opportunities.

The Masters in Social Work Programme prepares its student cohort for registration as professional social workers with Coru, the regulatory body for Health and Social Care professionals. All health care professionals have a stated duty of care to the public and as such, all new entrants to the social work programmes in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, must successfully complete the required health screening and vaccination to certify their vaccination status or immunity to specified infectious diseases. This is in the interests of reducing the risk of the transmission of infectious disease from patients to students, and from students to patients. Information about the health screening is available on the Master in Social Work webpage.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a level 8 primary social science degree (2.1 degree or higher), or equivalent, and a minimum of 850 hours relevant practice experience. There are up to 25 places on the course each year.

All applications for the Masters in Social Work must include the following documents:

A breakdown and description of relevant work experience to date which indicates the total number of hours or weeks worked.

Students are not required to provide 2 academic references instead they must provide one academic reference and one reference from their practice experience.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st March 2023


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

More details
  • Qualification letters

    M.S.W. / P.Grad.Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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    Course provider