Social Science - Rights & Social Policy

The MSocSc (Rights & Social Policy) will provide graduates with: advanced knowledge in critical social policy theory, studies and perspectives; advanced skills in relation to social policy analysis; high levels of competence in social policy research methods; and a thorough grounded understanding in areas of rights, governance, equality, ageing and criminal justice issues. This course is aimed at graduates from both academic and professional programmes seeking to develop their policy knowledge and analytical skills with a view to contributing to and influencing policy work.

Entry requirements

Normally a Bachelor of Social Science (honours) degree or equivalent, with at least 55% and an interview is required. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHB56 1 year Full-time
MHB57 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Future career prospects include pursuits in policy analysis and social research organisations; employment in policy development in relevant branches of government; and research and policy support roles in third sector organisations that seek to shape policy by engaging with policymaking processes

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Seamus Taylor
Tel: + +353 (0)1 708 3743 / 4574
Web: applied-social-studies

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include writing policy and influencing policy, participative governance and social policy-making, advanced social policy analysis, equality and inclusion, rights and realising rights: case studies, seminars and conferences.


Since its inception in 1981, the Department has earned an unrivalled reputation for its education and training with graduates occupying positions at all levels in community organisations, youth projects, social justice, equality and human rights initiatives, local national and international NGOs, local and national authorities and institutions.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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