Social Work, Master | Trinity College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
24 months
19996 EUR/year
9370 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In accordance with Irish statutory regulations the Social Work programme of Trinity College Dublin is approved by the national regulatory body for health and social care professionals (CORU). 


Course Description

Social work is challenging and rewarding and requires a personal commitment to the ideals and values of the social work profession. Those considering social work as a career option should be aware of its ethical and value dimensions and, in particular, the commitment of practitioners to the promotion of social justice.

The Social Work programme of Trinity College Dublin offers professional social work education for applicants with a primary degree in Social Sciences or equivalent. Upon completion of the Master in Social Work/Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work successful candidates will be eligible to apply for registration as a  professional social worker.

This is a two year full time programme consisting of 16 weeks full-time academic attendance and 14 weeks full-time fieldwork placement in the first year, and 14 weeks full-time academic attendance and 14 weeks full-time field work placement in second year. 

The programme has an international perspective and students may avail of international placement opportunities.

The Masters in Social Work Programme prepares its student cohort for registration as professional social workers with CORU, the regulatory body for Health and Social Care professionals. All health care professionals have a stated duty of care to the public and as such, all new entrants to the social work programmes in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, must successfully complete the required health screening and vaccination to certify their vaccination status or immunity to specified infectious diseases. This is in the interests of reducing the risk of the transmission of infectious disease from patients to students, and from students to patients.


It is accredited by the Health and Social Care Professionals Council

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reflective Practice & Use of Self in Social Work
  • Social Work & Counselling Practice Approaches
  • Group work
  • Community Development
  • Human Development in Social Contexts 
  • Supporting Children and Families-Approaches to Prevention and Intervention

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold a level 8 primary social science degree (2.1 degree or higher), or equivalent, and a minimum of 850 hours relevant practice experience. There are up to 25 places on the course each year.

All applications for the Masters in Social Work must include the following documents:

  • A breakdown and description of relevant work experience to date which indicates the total number of hours or weeks worked. 
  • Students are not required to provide 2 academic references instead they must provide one academic reference and one reference from their practice experience.
  • Students must provide a personal statement of no less than 500 words and no more than 1000 words.
Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19996 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19996 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9370 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9370 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

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


The School of Social Work and Social Policy is proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship for international (non-EU) applicants to our postgraduate taught programmes. These scholarships are open to any non-EU offer holders to a taught programmes in the School of Social Work and Social Policy for Michaelmas (Autumn) term. There is one scholarship per taught programme valued at €4,000, applied to the reduction of non-EU tuition fees applicable to the first year for one-year programmes or split into two €2000 awards for each year of the two-year programme. Non- EU applicants who have an offer to join one of our taught programmes by 14 April to be considered for the award.

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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