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Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Research

The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice and its affiliated centres, the UCD Equality Studies Centre and the UCD Women's Studies Centre, provide an intellectual home for a dynamic and strongly multidisciplinary research programme.

As our school name implies, the School has a tripartite disciplinary focus which incorporates:

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Students entering the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice PhD degree programme should have achieved a minimum 2.1 Honours or international equivalent in a Masters degree cognate to their proposed thesis topic. Students are also required to complete a research proposal of between 4000-5000 words in length. The proposal should contain the following components: Introduction, Literature Review, Research Objectives, Methodology, References.

Language Requirements:
Students whose education prior to university level has not been carried out through the medium of English must satisfy English language requirements of a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS (minimum of 6.0 in each band). Other English as a foreign language qualifications may be considered, please contact the School for details. Please also note that in all cases the test results must be less than 2 years old.


2 years full-time.

Further enquiries

Senior Administrator (Professional and Community Programmes) (Room A106)

Martina Reidy
Tel +353 1 7168502
Contact for: MSocSc Social Work, Community Outreach Programmes

Research areas

Social Policy (research focuses on welfare states in Ireland and internationally and in particular on: social security, housing, education, immigration, crime, health, family policy, private welfare, sustainable social policy and the environment, and disadvantaged neighbourhoods and groups, such as households in poverty);

Social Work (research focuses broadly on social work policy and practice, in particular on: health and mental health; child protection and well-being; drugs and addiction, anti-discriminatory practice; education and learning);

Social Justice (research focuses on equality, gender, care, sexuality and gender identity, human rights, social movements and social change strategies, and public policy).

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