PgDip/MSc Online

Social Policy and Practice (Online)

Trinity College Dublin

24 months
15396 EUR/year
7682 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Social Policy and Practice (Online) course at Trinity College Dublin aims to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role that social policies play in developing functioning and just societies. 


Students will consider the role of social policy in addressing some of the ‘wicked problems’ that contemporary societies face.  Wicked problems are complex interdependent problems such as crime and poverty, which are often resistant to the policy solutions put in place by governments. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level.


The Social Policy and Practice (Online) course at Trinity College Dublin attracts individuals from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors who want a sound grasp of the principles that underpin social policy and social service provision. This includes those:

  • delivering and managing social service provision e.g. housing, health, child and family and disability services
  • designing, developing or funding social policy
  • advocating for social policy change
  • who require an understanding of social problems and social policy responses to fulfil their organisation’s corporate social responsibility commitments
  • seeking career change – e.g. the programmes acts as a conversion course for those without a social science degree who want to be a social worker and must apply for a Master in Social Work
  • seeking career development -  e.g. promotion in social services delivery or management

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Principles of Social Policy 
  • Contemporary Social Policy Debates and Analysis  
  • Leading Service Human Organisations
  • Responding to Homelessness: International and Irish Experiences
  • The Family and Society
  • Human Rights in Practice 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines. Successful applicants will normally hold a level 8 degree in any subject at a minimum of Lower Second Class Honours degree (2.2). Admission to the course is based wholly on the application form and supporting documentation; applicants should ensure they complete all parts of the application to a high standard.
  • Complete official transcript displaying minimum required (2.2) overall grade in Honours Bachelor’s Degree (if there is one)
  • 2 references (at least one should be academic from a third level institution where the applicant has studied and one should be professional from an organisation where the applicant has had relevant work experience) – these should be on official headed paper or the TCD reference template provided and must be dated within the last year. 
  • A CV detailing their work experience and education (specifically location and duration) is required, this is for fee purposes.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15396 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15396 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7682 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7682 EUR per year during 24 months.

PgDip fees

  • EU/EEA: €6,502
  • Non-EU/EEA: €12,408


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.

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