Social Policy and Practice (Online) (P. Grad. Dip.)
The overall objective of this programme is to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role of social policy in developing healthy functioning societies. Student will get to grips with some of the ‘wicked problems’ that contemporary societies face. These are complex interdependent problems such as crime and poverty which are often resistant to the solutions put in place by governments. Students will understand the arguments for developing social policy in areas such as social security, health, housing and personal social services and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas.
This course will provide students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study will be totally flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in many learning activities at home or in the workplace.
The programme will appeal to those responsible for developing, delivering and administering social policies and social services as well as those involved in advocating for policy and service change. It will be or particular interest to graduates with an undergraduate qualification outside of the social science and social studies field wishing to pursue a Masters programme in that field. The Postgraduate Diploma will act as a conversion course for such graduates and would enhance their application to pursue further study on a specialised programme such as the Masters of Social Work. The programme will also appeal to applicants from other countries, especially outside the EU, and in North America who will have the opportunity to study in Ireland’s leading university with expertise in Irish, EU and international social policy.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice is offered as a one year online programme with students taking modules totalling 60 ECTS comprising seven core modules.
Application Processing Time in Days: 60
Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
Job Opportunity Potential
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Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is academically challenging and rewarding. As a result the University has high academic entry requirements.
Applicants will need to hold at least a 2.1 honors degree (60%) from an Irish university, or an equivalent result from a university in another country. If you have any queries in relation to your eligibility for programmes,.
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- Course Type: Online
- Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
- Duration: 01 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 12000 EUR
Application Fee: 55 EUR