Social Work (PgDip), Master

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16922
    Tuition (Year)
    7925
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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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.

About

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:

  • Two professional social work placements including options for one international placement
  • Practice skills including counselling and advocacy
  • Skills in critical thinking, reflective practice and research
  • Teaching and tutorials with research active academics and practising social workers
  • Access to a world-class library and a famous historic campus.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Reflective Practice & Use of Self in Social Work
  • Social Work & Counselling Practice Approaches
  • Group work
  • Community Development
  • Human Development in Social Contexts
  • Supporting Children and Families-Approaches to Prevention and Intervention

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 570

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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:

  • nature of the tasks undertaken and relevance to social work
  • quantity and quality of supervision and training available to and availed of by the candidate
  • linkages the applicant makes between practice experience and wider social issues.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 16922 International
  • EUR 7925 EU/EEA

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.