This level 9 academic postgraduate course, delivered online, aims to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role that social policies play in developing functioning and just societies. A second year leading to an M.Sc. in Applied Social Studies is available to eligible candidates who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma. Students will consider the role of social policy in addressing some of the ‘wicked problems’ that contemporary societies face. Wicked problems are complex interdependent problems such as crime and poverty, which are often resistant to the policy solutions put in place by governments. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level. Whether you are interested in social work, social policy, social care, or social change this course will provide you with new knowledge and perspectives. The programme attracts individuals from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors who want a sound grasp of the principles that underpin social policy and social service provision. This includes those:

  • delivering and managing social service provision e.g. housing, health, child and family and disability services
  • designing, developing or funding social policy
  • advocating for social policy change
  • who require an understanding of social problems and social policy responses to fulfil their organisation’s corporate social responsibility commitments
  • seeking a career change or career development
  • interested in further study


The programme has particular appeal to graduates who wish to pursue a Masters programme in social work, social studies and social policy but who do not have an undergraduate qualification in these fields. This online Postgraduate Diploma can act as a conversion course for such graduates and enhance their application for a specialised programme such as a Master of Social Work. The programme will also appeal to applicants from outside Ireland, in particular, North America, who wish to study in Ireland’s leading university with expertise in Irish, EU and global social policy. This course provides students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study is flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in learning activities at home or in the workplace and there is no requirement to attend at the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students get weekly online access to learning materials and must study these materials and complete activities set each week by the lecturer. At the end of the week, all students log in at the same time to an online tutorial where they have the opportunity to engage with their fellow students and lecturers.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines. Successful applicants will normally hold a level 8 degree in any subject at a minimum of Lower Second Class Honours degree (2.2). Applications are completed electronically and require the following documentation:

  • Application Form is available online
  • 2 Reference Letters - applicants are not required to get two hard copy references. You must list two referee contact details on the online application form. An automated email will be sent to both referees asking them to complete a template and send it back. (At least one of these references should be academic)
  • Official Transcripts - a transcript is a breakdown of the modules you completed and the grades you obtained. Please contact your University to request a transcript as soon as possible as some Universities can take up to 21 days to process transcripts. (This includes undergraduate transcripts and graduate transcripts if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 current photo (headshot). Please ensure it is a clear picture with a plain background.(It is preferable that it is in jpeg format)


Careers

The programme attracts individuals from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors who want a sound grasp of the principles that underpin social policy and social service provision. This includes those:

  • delivering and managing social service provision e.g. housing, health, child and family and disability services
  • designing, developing or funding social policy
  • advocating for social policy change
  • who require an understanding of social problems and social policy responses to fulfil their organisation’s corporate social responsibility commitments
  • seeking career change – e.g. the programmes act as a conversion course for those without a social science degree who want to be a social worker and must apply for a Master in Social Work
  • seeking career development - e.g. promotion in social services delivery or management
  • interested in further study – graduates have progressed to the one year online M.Sc. in Applied Social Studies, the Masters in Applied Social Research, Master in Social Work within Trinity and to other programmes in Ireland and the UK.
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated May 31, 2019
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