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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Social Work (MA)
MA (Social Work)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
The aim of this MA course is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to be registered as a social worker by the CORU registration body. It provides both university and practice-based learning to students, offering opportunities to learn about social problems and their causes, as well as policy solutions. It also equips students with skills in working with individuals, groups and communities, putting an emphasis on the promotion of human rights and social justice.
Social workers are much in demand in contemporary societies and deal with a range of issues that impact upon people including those due to poverty, violence, abuse, mental health issues, addiction and disability. The programme has received full accreditation and enables successful graduates to work as a social worker in a variety of statutory and non-governmental social work organisations.
A primary undergraduate degree (minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in one of the following: BA with a major in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology Social Policy, Social Science, Social Studies, Social Care, Public and Social Policy, Youth and Family Studies, Childhood Education, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Community Development or other relevant qualifications deemed equivalent by NUI Galway.
Garda Vetting/Police Clearance is required for this programme.
2 years, full-time
Next start date: September 2016
ECTS weighting: 120
Average intake: 20
Closing date: 12th February 2016
Students complete two practice placements as well as a range of modules, such as Social Work Practice and Theory, Law and Human Rights, Social Policy, Mental Health and Health Promotion, Working with Vulnerable Children and Adults, Crime Reduction and Probation Work, and Human Behaviour and the Social Environment.
Practice placements are carried out in a variety of settings, including those dealing with child protection, domestic violence, mental health, disability and older people.
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
The current Director of Social Work is Prof. Caroline McGregor.
The Practice Learning Co-ordinator is Ms. Marguerita McGovern.
Other members of the School of Political Science & Sociology, and practitioners also assist with the teaching.
Requirements and assessment
Find out more
Academic curriculum queries:
Prof Caroline McGregor
T: +353 91 492 027
Practice placement queries:
Ms Marguerita McGovern
Social workers are much in demand and deal with a range of issues that affect people, including poverty, violence, abuse, mental health, addiction and disability. A range of voluntary, public and private sector organisations require social work services, such as the HSE , the Department of Justice’s probation services and local authorities.
The voluntary/non-governmental sector includes specialist services to children and adults such as Ability West, Enable Ireland, Brothers of Charity Services, Galway Drugs Service, Jigsaw, and COPE.