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Applied Social Studies - Strategy & Leadership

Overview
The Applied Social Studies programmes are designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of those staff working in the care professions (social work, psychology, education, nursing, teaching, medicine, etc).

With the current emphasis on a flexible, accessible, streamlined and seamless post-qualifying continuum, and one that aims to offer a more continuous range of opportunities for progression, we offer a range of modules and courses within an overall PG Certificate/PG Diploma/MSc programme.

The programmes present opportunities to study a range of areas including direct practice in child care, management and leadership within organisations and adult mental health at postgraduate level.

In addition, they aim to maintain educational coherence whilst covering diversity and choice. You can access a range of modules that accumulate into an award, affording the flexibility to work within their own time schedules.

Entry requirements

Graduate
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Equivalent qualifications include the Pre-2007 Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work. Where this is not met, applicants must demonstrate that their experience and qualifications enable them to study at postgraduate level through the uptake of references and through completing a reflective assignment on their practice.

Please note that this programme is only open to applicants who are working as Social Care Professionals within NI/UK. Applicants must have a recognised social work qualification and be registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. It is important that Social Work applicants include their NISCC Social Care Registration Number in the Additional Information section of the application form.

All applicants should normally have five years post-qualification experience in a social work setting (including the Assessed Year in Employment where appropriate). All applicants must be currently engaged for at least 12 hours per week in a capacity in which core social work values underpin their practice with service users or carers.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English language requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

Part-time (MSc normally 3 years, PgDip 2 years, PgCert 1 year).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Continuing professional registration in social work is predicated on continuing professional development, which this programme and its pathways offer. The DHSSPS has directed that social workers demonstrate their competence covered in the curricula of this programme and its pathways.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr. Anne Campbell
Applied Social Studies Director
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Email: a.campbell@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Course Details
Core Modules (20 CATS points each)
• Engaging with Change
• Leadership in an Uncertain World
• Modern Organisations
• Personal and Public Involvement in Health and Social Care
• Strategic Thinking in Social Work
• Use and Management of Information

There are six modules forming the PG Diploma, with three offered in each academic year.

MSc - Dissertation (60 CATS points)

Comment

Applied Social Studies - Strategy and Leadership highlights
Relevant research, explanatory frameworks and analytical tools will be used to review past practice and project future approaches to management and leadership.

Professional Accreditations
• These programmes have been accredited by the Northern Ireland Professional in Practice Education and Training Partnership and offer a range of professional awards and requirements at the specific, specialist and leadership levels.

Industry Links
• On these pathways there will be restricted access to relevant data by employers, the NISCC, DoH, HSC Boards and any successor bodies.
• For social workers, the programmes reflect the Department of Health policy in relation to social work and social care training and development (The Personal Social Services Development and Training Strategy, 2006-16), including links with the Northern Ireland Professional in Practice Education and Training Partnership’s professional requirements and awards in the three categories: specific, specialist and leadership.

Career Development
• Professional Development For multi-disciplinary applicants the programmes offer relevant CPD opportunities as well as recognised qualifications accredited by the University which will augment their professional development and enhance the development of further opportunities in their chosen field of practice.

Student Experience
• Each pathway leader has developed and nurtured their subject proficiency via their own practice, teaching and research in relation to their specialist area and they impart this trilateral expertise to the students via teaching on the Applied Social Studies programme.

Assessment method

Assessment
Assessment methods include written assignments, observations of practice, projects, and a dissertation (for the final 60 credits).

Application date

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31st July 2018.
Late applications may be considered.

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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