Master Social Work

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: January 25
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,335 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,585 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Social work is a challenging and a rewarding activity 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 Master in Social Work/Diploma in Social Work course offered by the School of Social Work and Social Policy provides a route to a professional qualification in social work for applicants with a primary degree in the social sciences.

This course is both an academic and vocational course combining university-based learning with assessed work experience conducted under the supervision of professionally qualified social workers.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as professionally qualified social workers with the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) and are also eligible for employment in a wide range of professional social work posts.

Social Work in Ireland
Social work education has been provided in Trinity College since 1934. Since then, the number of social workers employed and the scope of social work have expanded greatly. There are currently over 2,000 social workers employed in Ireland and many others in community development, counselling, psychotherapy, social work management and training posts. Social work in Ireland is still expanding and there is a shortage of qualified workers. Qualified social workers' starting salary is 43K+ per annum. An increasing number of career development options are available through both in-service training and advanced professional courses.

Choosing a Career in Social Work
As social work is a vocational career, it is important to consider whether it is the right career for you, prior to embarking on a professional training course. Meeting with social workers to find out what they do, reading widely about social issues and problems, and doing voluntary or paid work in the social work/social care field are all helpful steps in reaching this decision. It is also important to think about your own personal style and attributes to see if they fit with social work:

* Are you a good listener and communicator?
* Are you able to empathise with people in difficulty and distress?
* Can you remain calm and focused at times of crisis?
* Can you be patient and flexible in helping people to find their own solutions?

Choosing the Trinity Master in Social Work
The annual intake on the Trinity MSW course is limited to under 25 places. Students are guaranteed small group teaching, individual attention from lecturers and tutors, and a manageable peer group and class environment, and also access to a world-class library and a famous historic campus.


This course is full-time and consists of both academic and fieldwork components. Academic modules include:

social policy/social work practice theories/ethics and skills/critical perspectives/social research methods and processes/life span psychology/social work and the law/child and family work/criminology/mental health and addictions/health-related social work

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