Social Work, Master | Maynooth University | Maynooth, Ireland
24 months
14000 EUR/year
8000 EUR/year
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The Social Work programme from Maynooth University is a full time two year programme for suitable graduates who want to pursue a career in social work.

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The Social Work programme from Maynooth University combines rigorous academic education with supervised field work practice towards the aim of developing competent, ethical and reflective social work practitioners who are committed to the promotion of human rights and social justice in social work.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and values to practise independently as professional social workers;
  • Engage in ethically informed social work practice, upholding principles of social justice, human rights and anti-oppressive practice;
  • Critically evaluate  the political, social, economic and technological issues encountered by social workers in their work and be competent to deliver creative responses to these issues;
  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding and proficiency in the core domains specified by the Social Work Registration Board, namely: professional autonomy and accountability, interpersonal and professional relationships, effective communication, personal and professional development, provision of quality services, knowledge, understanding and skills.


Social workers are employed in a range of settings including child welfare and protection, criminal justice, mental health, addiction and health-related social work. The Department of Applied Social Studies offers opportunities for postgraduate study at doctoral level including the PhD - PAC code MHB02 (FT), MHB03 (PT) - and Doctor of Social Science (DSocSc) –PAC Code MHB06.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories & Principles Of Social Work & Social Justice
  • Social Work Policy And Praxis
  • Social Work Methods And Issues
  • Research For Practice And Policy
  • Professional Development & Fieldwork Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum Second Class Honours (2H2) primary degree (NFQ Level 8) in social science or equivalent, with social policy as a major component. Graduates with a Level 8 degree in other disciplines who have completed a relevant conversion programme e.g. Higher Diploma in Social Policy may also apply.
  • A minimum of 420 hours of relevant and verified social work/social service experience, paid or voluntary, by the time they commence the programme
  • Minimum English language requirements:

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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