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Social Policy - Conversion Course

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy is a conversion course giving a foundation in the field of social policy for graduates who do not hold a social science degree. It can be studied full time as a one year course or part time over two years (by day).

The course sets social policy in the context of the social sciences. The course is particularly relevant to those who want to apply for professional postgraduate courses in social work, e.g. Master of Social Work.

You will study core modules on topics including the evolution of the welfare state, poverty and social exclusion, social policy and social theory, and housing and homelessness. Additionally, you will choose three optional modules from the areas of social science and social work, community development, youth policy, mental health, education, sexuality, planning, and developmental psychology.

You will also undertake a supervised 10,000 word, social research project on a social policy topic of your choice (in consultation with your supervisor). This will be a desk-based piece of research, involving an exploration of the policy and literature around your chosen topic.

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar (view course webpage - link below)

Fitness to Practise
Since 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details on course webpage.

Entry requirements

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy is open to graduates who do not already possess a BSocSc Degree. Applicants may be required to present for interview where an overall assessment of their suitability will be made.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view "Entry Requirements" on course webpage (url link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

Full-time 1 Year
Part-time 2 years By Day
CKA02 (Full-time), CKA23 (Part-time)

Depending on optional modules chosen, for the full-time one year option, students can typically expect 12-16 hours of lectures per week, and four reading hour in the first semester, and 4-8 hours of lectures per week, and eight reading hours in the second semester. For the part-time option, students can typically expect 6/7 hours of lectures per week (by day). Students must also make themselves available for a study visit, which may be abroad, for 3 to 4 days.

Careers or further progression

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy gives you a foundation in the study of the welfare state and the social services. It is a conversion course for those who don’t hold a social science degree, but wish to apply for the Master of Social Work course. The course also prepares you for entry to other postgraduate courses in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, e.g. social policy, planning, youth and community work, social services administration and child care.

Further enquiries

Nicola Maxwell
Acting Course Director
E: n.maxwell@ucc.ie
T: + 353 (0)21 490 2612

Comment

Unique Aspects of the Course
This is the only higher diploma social policy course in Ireland that combines intensive seminar immersion with the opportunity for field visits to countries such as France, Italy, Germany, and Sweden.

Assessment method

Assessment is by a combination of essay, exams, and social research project.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time

Extra additional costs in addition to fees:
Approx. €250 on the study visit (for day-to-day living expenses) (flight and accommodation costs are included in the fee).

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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