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Social Work, Welfare & Justice

MSocSc Social Work, Welfare and Justice

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

You will develop an understanding of key issues in society, the relationship between theory and research, and a variety of research designs and processes: qualitative, quantitative and comparative designs. You will also acquire conceptual and practical skills necessary to evaluate policies, while learning how to assess different approaches to managing a team or organisation and finding solutions to simulated events.

- A new flagship programme unique in the Republic in combining these three academic disciplines.
- Experienced Interdisciplinary faculty.
- Proven career track record
- Flexible learning

Course Description
The programme focuses on a range of topics of relevance to policy makers and practitioners. In recent years, the work environment for social work practitioners is becoming globalised. In addition, social justice and equality issues are an increasingly prominent concern in the social scientific research. The MSocSc offers a wide range of topics including housing, health and social care, drugs and alcohol in the community, theory and practice in social work, gender equality, environment, migration and family health management, and social protection. Applicants please note: this programme, on its own, does not provide the accreditation required to practice as a Social Worker.

Entry requirements

If English is not your first language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

To apply for this programme you will need:
- A minimum of a 2.2 Honours in primary degree in an appropriate field. These include Humanities, Social Sciences or Social Policy or Social Work.

- Transcripts from your primary degree.

- A personal statement of around 4-500 words explaining why you would like to receive an offer of a place on this programme. This should include a brief account of any relevant professional experience.

- Names and contact details for two referees.

If you have any queries relating to your application please contact the school directly.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates from our related Master’s Programmes work in a wide range of fields including social work, public policy, voluntary and community work, education, journalism, health and social care and human rights advocacy. This programme offers an exciting opportunity to further your career through specialisation in a range of areas that cross traditional discipline boundaries.

Related Programmes
HDip Social Policy FT
MSocSc Social Work FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Dominic Shellard
Contact Number: +353 1 716 8682

Subjects taught

The MSocSc Social Work, Welfare and Justice is a 90 credit taught Masters programme that can either be completed entirely by taught modules or by a mixture of taught modules and a 30 credit dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Stage 1 - Core
Human Rights Law and Equality
Economics of Inequality
Social Work in Health Care and Addiction
Evidence-Based Policy Making

Stage 1 - Option
Sociology of Inequality
Disability and Equality
Masculinities, Gender and Equality
Introduction to Statistics
Justice and Human Rights
Housing and Social Cohesion
Comparing Healthcare Systems
Social Work Theories and Methods 2
SW,W and J Minor Thesis
Human Behaviour
Travellers, Rights & Nomadism
Reproductive Justice and Sexua


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The MSocSc in Social Work, Welfare and Justice is designed for practising social workers interested in refining their analytical and management skills through post qualifying studies, and anyone who wishes to pursue research careers in policy making and analysis in the fields of social policy and social justice.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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