PgDip/MSc Online

Child Protection and Welfare

24 months
15861 EUR/year
7430 EUR/year
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The Child Protection and Welfare course from Trinity College Dublin places particular emphasis on the multi-disciplinary nature of child protection and family support interventions. It will assist professionals to become research focused and enhance their ability to become more evidence based in their practice. 


Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare

The Child Protection and Welfare course from Trinity College Dublin, which is sponsored by the Child and Family Agency, is a one-year, part-time, multi-disciplinary course offering a postgraduate qualification to practitioners and service managers whose work involves the protection and welfare of children. The course aims to enhance the knowledge base of professionals in statutory and voluntary services meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families. 

M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare (online)

A second year leading to a M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare is available to eligible candidates who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma with a 2.1 or better result. The M.Sc. is designed to build on the Postgraduate Diploma and aims to develop applied research skills in the field of child protection and welfare and is delivered completely online.

Careers & Alumni

The postgraduate diploma is undertaken by practitioners already working in statutory and voluntary organisations providing child protection and welfare service who are released for the block course weeks. Feedback from former course participants indicates that successful completion of the course provides them with opportunities for change and promotion within their organisations. A number of students go on to complete further study up to doctoral level.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the course also provides linkage opportunities between different services, and each cohort of students represents a network of practitioners which endures long after the completion of the course and continues to promotes inter agency and inter professional collaboration. Past students are kept abreast of any learning events that take place in TCD.

External examiners of the course have commented on the value to employers of supporting staff participation, and rate it as a unique and important source of professional development in child protection.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of the following modules:

  • Child Protection Perspectives and Practices
  • Child Law
  • Child Development
  • Interventions with Children and Families 
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the M.Sc. programme is confined to candidates who achieve an upper second-class grade in the Postgraduate Diploma. In addition, to be admitted to the M.Sc. candidates must submit a research proposal for their M.Sc. dissertation to the Course Coordinator. 
Entry Requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma
  • The programme is open to applications from qualified professionals from relevant disciplines who have three years post qualifying experience in an area related to child protection and welfare. 
  • Applicants should normally have an upper second-class honors degree in one of the Social Sciences. Applications from graduates in other disciplines (e.g. health sciences, business studies) who have relevant experience will be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15861 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15861 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7430 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7430 EUR per year during 24 months.

PgDip fees

  • EU/EEA: €8,649 per year
  • Non EU/EEA: €13,862 per year 


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