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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Social Policy








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


The Master of Arts in Social Policy is intended both for students with a suitable first degree in social policy and for graduates in subjects that are considered by the course’s admissions board to be sufficiently relevant to its aims and content. Its programme aims are to provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills, both through its general social policy and administration core content and in the specialist area of Community Social and Mental Wellbeing.

The Programme of Studies for the Master of Arts in Social Policy consists of a taught component and a dissertation. The taught component is made up of advanced theoretical knowledge in social policy, study-units on community social and mental wellbeing and relevant practicum experience. Practica form an integral and compulsory part of the programme where theoretical knowledge acquired in the taught components (core and specialist) is applied through assessed practice.

The programme allows students a more specific focus through the writing of a dissertation.
LEARNING OUTCOMES On completion of the Master of Arts in Social Policy, Community Social and Mental Wellbeing, the learner will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

• Practice planning, implementation, management, administration, analysis, evaluation and policy advice in areas of social policy and in social welfare and care services.

• Describe, recognise and dynamically understand a range of psychopathological conditions, psychosocial methods of intervention and modes of service provision relevant to work in the community in a way that can contribute to policy and services development and administration as well as to professional therapeutic and caring practice.

• Apply knowledge of the practice of the relevant professions and services to the development, implementation and administration of services, particularly within community services that contribute to mental and social well-being.

• Inform their practice by critical reflection on and personal commitment to relevant values, rights, duties and attitudes that promote good quality of life and human dignity, with special attention to persons who are weak and vulnerable and those who are diverse or are at risk of being socially marginalised or excluded.

• Analyse and reflect on their experience with the help of relevant literature and theory which is both generalist and specialist, in a way that will in turn help them to improve their practice.

• Practice in a professional, effective, reflective, ethical and humane way on the Macro (country and institutions), Meso (the agency or organisation) and Micro (with individuals and face-to-face groups) levels of practice, and in a way that insightfully and continually relates the three levels.

• Show and apply in their practice and administration a dynamic understanding of the changing community contexts of the services, giving due importance to their intercultural aspects.

• Contribute to the development of professional practice in themselves, their co-workers and the personnel under their management, as well as to the advancement of structures, services, attitudes and practices that are humane and effective in promoting social and mental well-being.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Persons who successfully complete this Master of Arts in Social Policy will have the opportunity to work in senior positions that require an advanced knowledge of social policy or community practice, and more particularly in areas of service and provision promoting Community and Social Wellbeing. They are also eligible to furthering their studies at doctoral level.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours in Social Policy or in any other area of study which the Board deems to be relevant and

(b) a minimum of two years of practice in an area deemed relevant by the Board.

The Board shall recommend to Senate the number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the Course, depending on the availability of resources. The number of available places shall be announced at the time of the call for applications.

If there are more eligible applicants than the number of places available, applicants shall be selected after an interview by a board appointed for the purpose composed of at least three members. The board shall select applicants using the following criteria:
(a) degree type and class,
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study, and
(c) performance during an interview.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2013.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 28 June 2017
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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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