Postgraduate Diploma Online

Social Policy (Online)

University College Cork

12 months
10530 EUR/year
5330 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Higher Diploma in Social Policy (Online) at University College Cork is a conversion course giving a foundation in the field of social policy for graduates who do not hold a social science degree.  It can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

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The Social Policy (Online) course at University College Cork is delivered online. It provides a flexible approach to study for students with employment and/or care responsibilities; as well as those restricted geographically.

Learning outcomes

The course sets social policy in the context of the social sciences. The course is particularly relevant to those who want to apply for professional postgraduate courses in social work, e.g. Master of Social Work.

Students will also undertake a supervised 10,000 word, social research project on a social policy topic of the student’s choice (in consultation with his/her supervisor). This will be a desk-based piece of research, involving an exploration of policy and literature.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Social Policy and Social Theory
  • Contemporary Social Policy Analysis
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Social Policy and Social Work
  • Social Professions and Social Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Higher Diploma in Social Policy (Online) is open to graduates who do not already possess a BSocSc (Hons) Degree.
  • This is a conversion course and is designed for graduates of any discipline who may be interested in pursuing further study in the fields of social policy or social work.  
  • The minimum entry requirement is an Ordinary Bachelor’s degree (Level 7) or equivalent. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10530 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5330 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5330 EUR per year during 12 months.


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