Social Work

University College Dublin

Master On Campus
24 months
19900 EUR/year
9375 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Masters in Social Science (Social Work) at the University College Dublin offers both full time and part time programmes accredited by CORU (The Social Workers’ Registration Board), leading to a professional social work qualification. With this qualification you are eligible to apply for professional registration which is a requirement to practice social work in Ireland. 


The Masters in Social Work from the University College Dublin is also recognised internationally. The programmes are taught by research-active academics with broad teaching and practice experiences. Modules will address topics such as social work counselling skills, social work theory and methods, human development and behaviour,  justice and human rights, working with children, families and adults, research methods, as well as working with groups and communities. We have very strong practice partnership arrangements that enable us to deliver high quality placements for students

  • MSocSc (Social Work) FT is a two-year full-time professional programme in social work. The programme contains academic and field work components. It is full-time and full attendance is required.
  • MSocSc (Social Work) PT offers the same professional programme as the MSocSc (Social Work) FT, over four years, on a part-time basis. The academic components will typically require attendance for two days a week during the relevant semesters while the two placements will require full time attendance for fourteen weeks each, from January to April. To apply for this programme please complete the application for the full time programme and indicate a preference for part-time. 


  • Full time and Part time options available (note: Part Time course depends on numbers - all applicants for part time MSocSc Social Work should apply for the full time programme and indicate on their form that they are interested in part time study if offered a place).
  • Registered graduates can work in a range of practice settings including: medical social work, mental health social work, child welfare and protection and criminal justice social work.
  • Extensive fieldwork placements included, with the possibility of international placements.
  • A range of teaching methodologies are used including didactic lectures, small group teaching and skills workshops.
  • A committment to service-user engagement.
  • Modules taught by both academics and experienced social work practitioners
  • Programmes are widely recognised abroad.:Graduates with this degree have successfully registered as professional social workers in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, among other countries. 
Careers & Employability:
  • Graduates with this degree have successfully registered as professional social workers in Ireland, the  United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, among other countries.
  • Graduates obtain employment in a range of social work practice contexts including criminal justice, child welfare and protection, community based social work, and health-related social work. They work with communities, children and families, older people, offenders, people with disabilities, and people with mental health difficulties, amongst others


The MSocSc (Social Work) in UCD is widely recognised internationally as a professional social work qualification. Graduates have successfully registered as professional social workers in the United Kingdom, the United States,Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

Programme Structure

Stage 1 - Core

  • Professional Practice & Adult
  • Law for Social Work
  • Social Work Counselling Skills 
  • Research Methods 
  • Practice Placement 
  • Child Welfare and Protection
  • SW Theories and methods
  • Human Development and Behaviour
Stage 2 - Core
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • Social Work in Health Care and Addiction
  • Group Work and Community Work
  • Practice Placement
  • Research Methods 
  • Social Work Counselling Skills 
  • Social Work Theories and Methods.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




150 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The minimum standard for entry is the equivalent of an overall Second Class Honours Grade II in the applicant's primary (level 8) degree.
  • Applications should hold a BSocSc degree with a major in Social Policy or a BSocial Work or equivalent; or another undergraduate degree, at least half of which has involved the study of Social Policy or Social Policy related subjects.
  • Alternatively, applicants must hold a level 8 primary degree together with a Second Class Honours (or GPA equivalent in the institution which awarded the degree) in a postgraduate (level 8) Higher Diploma in Social Policy or equivalent.

Work experience

The following are suggested, but not exclusive, types of relevant paid or voluntary work experiences:

  • Working in social care settings with adults or children.
  • Working with people in health care settings.
  • Working with people in criminal justice settings.
  • Working with young people in educational and youth services.
  • Working with voluntary sector organisations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19900 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9375 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9375 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Part Time

  • EU: 4,920.00 EUR


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Social Work
University College Dublin


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