City scape

Social Care Management

This programme aims to equip experienced social care workers with the knowledge, skills and insight required to be effective managers in social care settings. The programme offers the learner an opportunity to examine the practice of leadership and management in social care services, informed by an analysis of wider management theory, in order to develop appropriate management competencies.

Entry requirements

• A primary honours degree in Social Care, or equivalent degree in a cognate discipline, with a minimum award of Second Class Honours Grade 2.2

• An appropriate professional qualification in a cognate discipline AND at least 2 years relevant professional experience/responsibility

• A primary honours degree AND at least 3 years relevant professional responsibility and experience

• An interview may form part of the selection process.

• Students must be in employment or have previously worked in a social care setting. Students should ideally have the support of an agency to fulfil the academic and practical requirements of the course.


Part-time over 2 academic years (1 day per week over 4 semesters).

Class delivery day:
Normally Friday Class contact hours: Normally approx. 6 hours per week (varying in some semesters) plus up to 2 hours per module for online tutorials.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

For further information:
Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 061 293802

For academic queries:
Contact: Alan Murphy

Subjects taught

Year 1 (Stage One)
• Professional Supervision Theory and Practice
• Contemporary Management for Social Care and Community Organisations
• Strategic Operations and Project Management
• Managing for Quality in Service Delivery
• Research Skills for Managers

Year 2 (Stage Two)
• Law for Social Care Managers
• Human Resource Management
• Financial Management for Social Care and Community Development Organisations
• Research Thesis


Master of Arts in Social Care Management (Level 9).

Location: LIT Moylish

Assessment method

The majority of the course is assessed through continual assessment for all elements of each module. However, there are also final exams as well as continual assessment for some of the modules.

Course fee

€3,500 per year.
All Taught Postgraduate students can avail of three payment options:
Option 1: 100% on registration.
Option 2: 50% on registration and 50% by the 15th January.
Option 3: By Instalment Plan – Signed and Agreed with the Grants & Fees Office.

Please see our How to Pay your Fees and Payment of Fees Deadlines sections for more details.

Please Note: Examination results will not be released to any student with an outstanding fee. Students will not be permitted to register for the next academic session or graduate until their outstanding fees are paid in full.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Proposed Start Date:
September 2019 (subject to sufficient demand).

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!