In accordance with Irish statutory regulations this Master in Social Work/Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work programme is approved by the national regulatory body for health and social care professionals (CORU). The programme 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 MSW programme builds on a tradition of social work education and research at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College dating back to 1934. Students undertake a range of taught modules, a dissertation and two assessed placements in organisations providing social work services. The annual intake is limited to 25 places. Students are guaranteed small group teaching, individual input from lecturers and tutors and an interactive class environment. The programme provides:
You can apply until:
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The successful completion (minimum 2.1 grade) of a Level 8 degree in the social sciences is required prior to acceptance on the course. Candidates holding a primary degree in a discipline outside the social sciences must hold a postgraduate award in social sciences (minimum 2.1 grade) for example the Trinity College Postgraduate diploma in Social Studies (online) or equivalent. In addition, candidates will be required to demonstrate a minimum of 850 hours practice experience (paid or voluntary).
When assessing the quality of previous practice experience, the factors taken into consideration include:
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