Social Work, Master | University College Cork | Cork, Ireland
24 months
18400 EUR/year
7965 EUR/year
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The Master of Social Work from University College Cork is a two-year full-time course that combines academic study with fieldwork placements.


Learning outcomes

At this Social Work course at University College Cork you will take modules in social work theory, skills, social policy and topics specific to social work settings such as child and family welfare and mental health. When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • apply knowledge of social systems and human behaviour to promote social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment of people to enhance their well-being
  • critically examine and respond to the impact of social and political contexts on service users and social work
  • promote principles of social justice, human rights and anti-oppressive practice as intrinsic elements of social work practice
  • demonstrate core social work practice skills in the areas of: professional autonomy and accountability, interpersonal and professional relationships, effective communication, personal and professional development, provision of quality services, knowledge, understanding and skills
  • demonstrate knowledge of theory, legislation, policy, official inquiry reports and international conventions, and apply them to assessment and intervention planning in social work practice
  • illustrate an approach to learning that is self-directed, strengths-based and reflective. 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Applied Social Research 
  • Child and Family Welfare 
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Practice Skills 
  • Social Policy and Social Exclusion 
  • Social Work Settings 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the Masters of Social Work (MSW) is open to a limited number of students holding at least a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours (NFQ, Level 8) BSocSc Degree (or its equivalent), or graduates who have successfully completed an approved conversion programme, i.e. the Higher Diploma in Social Policy with at least a Second Class Honours Grade I (or its equivalent).
  • There is a selection process based on the following combined elements: academic performance and research capacity; certified social work-related experience and initiative; knowledge of social work and motivation, commitment and suitability.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18400 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7965 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7965 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Cork

860 - 1400 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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