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Social Work Qualifications

The Social Workers Registration Board at CORU have approved the following qualifications as attesting to the standard of proficiency required for registration for Social Workers.

To see the full list on the CORU webpage please click here:

https://coru.ie/health-and-social-care-professionals/education/approved-qualifications/social-workers/social-workers-approved-qualifications.html

Courses offered per University

For detailed information on each course please see below.

University College Cork

  1. Bachelor of Social Work
  2. Masters of Social Work
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Studies

University College Dublin 

  • Professional Master of Social Work
  • Masters in Science (Social Work)

Trinity College Dublin

  • Bachelor in Social Studies
  • Masters in Social Work
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

National University of Ireland Galway

  • Masters in Social Work

Institute of Technology Sligo

  • Master of Arts in Social Work

Maynooth University

  • Masters in Social Science (Social Work)

Approved Qualifications for Social Workers Bye-Law 2011

Contact CORU for further information:

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Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses combine an academic social science degree with professional social work training and are 4 years+ full-time.

How to apply: 

There are three routes to undergraduate study

  • School leavers must apply through the CAO form.
  • Mature students (23+ years) with no third level qualifications must apply both through the CAO form and through individual application forms to the individual colleges. They must also undergo an interview, and relevant experience is essential or advantageous. Application forms and information may be obtained from the admissions offices of the relevant colleges, and from the CAO office.
  • Applicants with relevant third level qualifications and practice experience may be eligible to enter the undergraduate courses at the second or third year. Eligibility for exemptions is dependent on availability of places on courses, on applicants' qualifications and on the outcome of interviews. Information may be obtained from the admissions offices and the relevant college departments.

Trinity College Dublin: Bachelor in Social Studies (BSS)

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Telephone: +353 18 96 23 47

Contact: Mairead Pascoe

Email: Social.Studies@tcd.ie

Website: https://www.tcd.ie/swsp/undergraduate/social-studies/

More information:

  • This four-year full-time undergraduate programme combines an honours degree in the social sciences (BSS) with professional education in social work.
  • Two main groups of students are admitted within the annual quota of 45 places: School-leavers and Mature Students. Applications are also accepted from students on the Trinity Access Programme and through the DARE and HEAR schemes.

University College Cork: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

School of Applied Social Studies

Telephone: +353 (0) 2 14 90 28 99

Contact: Shelley O'Shea - Administrator 

Email: bachelorofsocialwork@ucc.ie

Website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck115/

More information: 

  • This programme is open to Mature Students only (i.e. those who are 23 years of age by 1 January of the year of proposed entry).
  • Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1 February of the year of proposed entry.  

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Postgraduate Professional Courses

Entry to Postgraduate Professional Courses requires a 3-year Social Science degree or its equivalent and this route can take five years in total.

How to apply:

There are two routes to postgraduate study

  • Holders of a Bachelor of Social Science degree may apply to the social work departments of the individual colleges. Applicants must undergo an interview, and relevant experience is essential or advantageous.
  • Holders of a degree in another subject may do a diploma in social policy or a compensatory learning package/ assignment may be offered in order to be eligible for a postgraduate course. Applicants must undergo an interview, and experience in the caring profession is preferred or essential.

University College Cork: Master of Social Work (MSW)

School of Applied Social Studies

Telephone: +353 (0) 2 14 90 28 99

Contact: Shelley O'Shea - Administrator 

Email: bachelorofsocialwork@ucc.ie

Website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cke64/

More information:

  • This Master is a two-year full-time course that combines academic study with fieldwork placements.
  • Admission to the Masters of Social Work (MSW) CKE64 is open to a limited number of students holding at least a Second Class Honours (2H2) level in the BSocSc Degree (level 8) (or its equivalent) or graduates, who have successfully completed an approved conversion programme, i.e. the Higher Diploma in Social Policy with at least a 2H (or its equivalent).

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University College Cork: Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Studies (PG Dip)

School of Applied Social Studies

Telephone: +353 (0) 2 14 90 28 99

Contact: Shelley O'Shea - Administrator 

Email: bachelorofsocialwork@ucc.ie

Website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ckc06/ 

More information: 

  • The Postgraduate Diploma is a two-year full-time course that combines academic study with fieldwork placements.
  • Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Studies (CKC06) is confined to a limited number of students holding a BSocSc (Hons) Degree with an overall result of at least a 3H or its equivalent, such as (but not limited to) the BA in Early Years and Childhood Studies, BA Hons in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, or graduates with a conversion course, i.e. the Higher Diploma in Social Policy (or its equivalent).

University College Dublin: Professional Masters in Social Work

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Previous name: Masters of Social Science (Social Work). There are currently students who are still on this programme and will graduate on it. There are also students who will graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Social Work, which is for those who do not complete a dissertation under the Masters of Social Science (Social Work).

Telephone: +353  (0) 17 16 85 02

Contact: Martina Reidy

Email:  martina.reidy@ucd.ie 

Website: https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=PROG&MAJR=W426

More information:

  • The MSW is a two-year full-time programme blending academic and practice placement components, which is undertaken over two academic years from early September to the following June each year.
  • The programme contains academic and field work components.
  • The minimum standard for entry is the equivalent of an overall Second Class Honours Grade II in the applicant's primary (Level 8) degree
  • Applications should hold a BSocSc degree with a major in Social Policy or a BSocial Work or equivalent; or another undergraduate degree, at least half of which has involved the study of Social Policy or Social Policy related subjects.
  • Alternatively, applicants must hold a level 8 primary degree together with a Second Class Honours (or GPA equivalent in the institution which awarded the degree) in a postgraduate (level 8) Higher Diploma in Social Policy or equivalent.
  • If your degree grade is given as a GPA, the standard for entry is the GPA equivalent of a Second Class Honours Grade II in the institution which awarded your degree. You should note that this may vary from institution to institution. For degrees awarded by UCD it is a GPA of 2.48. 
  • Students who do not complete a dissertation will graduate with a Masters in Science (Social Work). 

Trinity College Dublin: Master of Social Work (MSW)

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Telephone: +353 18 96 45 79

Contact: Rebecca Brady

Email: Master.Socialwork@tcd.ie

Website: https://www.tcd.ie/swsp/postgraduate/social-work/

More information:

  • The MSW is a two-year full-time programme blending academic and practice placement components, which is undertaken over two academic years from early September to the following June each year.
  • There is also an expectation that initial work on the Master's dissertation will be completed in the summer months between Year One and Year Two.
  • Students will register in the first instance for the Master in Social Work programme. To remain on the Master’s pathway, a pass mark of 50% and above in all written work in both Year One and Year Two is required. Those students who have not obtained a standard of at least 50% in all written work in Year One and passed their placement, will not be permitted to remain on the Master pathway. Instead, those who have obtained a pass mark of 40% in all written work and passed their placement, will be permitted to proceed to Year Two as a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work (P.Grad.Dip.) student, and submit a Postgraduate Diploma Project for examination. 

National University of Ireland, Galway: Master in Social Work (MSW)

 School of Psychology, School of Political Science and Sociology

Telephone: +353 91 49 22 90

Contact: Kay Donohue 

Email: kay.donohue@nuigalway.ie

Website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/social-work.html

More information:

  • It is an innovative programme, committed in particular to the promotion of human rights and social justice.
  • In high demand from its inception in 2004, the MA in Social Work (MSW) programme provides CORU accredited professional education and training in social work.
  • Candidates applying for admission to the programme must have completed a Level 8 primary undergraduate degree (minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in one of the following: Bachelor Degree with a major in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology Social Policy, Social Science, Social Studies, Social Care, Public and Social Policy, Youth and Family Studies, Health and Social Care, Childhood education, Community Development, or B.Soc.Sc or other relevant qualifications deemed equivalent by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.  They must also have 6 months (960 hours) of relevant supervised experience.  

Institute of Technology Sligo: Master of Arts in Social Work

Faculty of Business & Social Sciences 

Telephone: +353 (0) 71 931 8510

Email: admissions@itsligo.ie

Website: https://www.itsligo.ie/courses/ma-social-work/

More information:

  • The aim of this programme is to allow individuals to become professional and competent social workers who are knowledgeable, reflective, research-focused practitioners, able to work critically and ethically in a variety of different sectors. 
  • Require a grade of 2.1 or above in Social Sciences i.e. B.Soc.Sc, Community Development, Early Childhood Care and Education, Psychology, Social Policy, Social Science, Social Care Practice, Sociology, Social Policy, Youth and Family Studies. If an applicant has a level 8 award in a discipline that is not social sciences, they must hold a postgraduate award in social sciences (minimum 2.1 grade). 

Maynooth University: Masters in Social Science (Social Work)

Department of Applied Social Studies

Telephone: +353 (0) 1 708 3743 / 4574

Contact: Dr Gloria Kirwan

Email: Gloria.kirwan@mu.ie / appliedsocialstudies@mu.ie 

Website: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/master-social-science-social-work 

More information:

  • For entry is required a minimum Second Class Honours (2H2) primary degree (NFQ Level 8) in social science or equivalent, with social policy as a major component. Graduates with a Level 8 degree in other disciplines who have completed a relevant conversion programme e.g. Higher Diploma in Social Policy may also apply. A Higher Diploma in Social Policy is offered by Maynooth University http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity PAC Code MHB 60/61
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 420 hours of relevant work experience, paid or voluntary