MA (Social Work)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

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.

Additional requirements

Garda Vetting/Police Clearance is required for this programme.

Duration: 2 years, full-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 120

Average intake: 20

Closing date: 12th February 2016

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

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

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

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

Students are assessed through assignments, presentations and written examinations, a research dissertation and their placement portfolios. Students must pass both university-based work and the practice placements. The practice placements are assessed by practice teachers in the agencies using direct observation alongside assessment of report writing and case notes.

Find out more

Academic curriculum queries:

Prof Caroline McGregor
T: +353 91 492 027

Practice placement queries:

Ms Marguerita McGovern

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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