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Social Policy and Practice, Pg.Dip/Msc

  • Application Deadline
  • 10 months
University rank #108 (QS) Online
This online Social Policy and Practice 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.


At the Social Policy and Practice program from Trinity College Dublin 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.

Career opportunities

The programm 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
  • interested in further study – graduates have progressed to the one year online M.Sc. in Social Policy and Practice, the Masters in Applied Social Research, Master in Social Work within Trinity and to other programmes in Ireland and the UK. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Principles of Social Policy 
  • Contemporary Social Policy Debates and Analysis 
  • Leading Service Human Organisations
  • Crime and Punishment in Irish Society
  • The Family and Society 
  • Disability and Human Rights 
  • Introduction to Social Work 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 10 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.
  • Application Form is available online 
  • 2 Reference Letters - applicants are not required to get two hard copy references. You must list two referee contact details on the online application form. An automated email will be sent to both referees asking them to complete a template and send it back. (At least one of these references should be academic)

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14513 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14513 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7241 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7241 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.
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  • International Scholarship Opportunity

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

  • International Postgraduate Taught Course Scholarship

The scholarship is open to any non-EU applicant to a taught programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. There is one scholarship valued at €5,000, applied to the reduction of non-EU tuition fees.

Who can apply?

Applicants who have non-EU (international) status and will pay tuition fees at the non-EU rate and who have submitted an application to any of the following taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Social Work and Social Policy

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