University College Dublin: Higher Diploma in Social Policy

University College Dublin

Interested in a career in Social Work, Social Policy or Public Policy research and analysis?

This Higher Diploma is a transition course providing a foundation in Social Policy for graduates of other disciplines. It is designed to enable people to have the opportunity to pursue further training and careers in Social Work, Social Policy or Public Policy. It is a full-time course lasting one academic year.

Successful completion of the programme to good honours standard confers eligibility to apply for programmes such as the MSocSc (Social Work), Masters in Public Policy and research degrees in Social or Public Policy. Please note that there may be non-academic entry requirements for these programmes which must also be met. The Higher Diploma in Social Policy is not of itself a professional qualification.

The programme attracts students from a wide variety of organisations in the public, private and voluntary/community sectors. These include people involved in a range of social services, (e.g. social care, disability), charities, regulatory bodies, local government, and advocacy/action groups.

Many students on this course are seeking career change or looking to progress their career with a postgraduate qualification from University College Dublin.

Core modules for 2022/23 included: Contemporary Irish Welfare State; Social Policy Theories and Concepts; Housing Policies and Neighbourhoods; Social Protection, Security, Work and Poverty; EU Social Policy; Policy Making, Implementation and Evaluation; Economics of Social Policy; Analysing Health and Social Care Policies.

Optional modules included: Investigating Social Services; Understanding Social Problems and Policies; Comparing Welfare States; Social Work in Practice; Social Work in Practice; Crime, the Justice System and Social Services; History of Irish Social Policy; Family Policy in Comparative Perspective; Gender and Social Policy Analysis; Migration, Ethnicity and Irish Society; Human Rights and Social Justice; Social Policy, Justice and the Environment. Global Crisis and Social Justice; Child Abuse, Sexual and Domestic Violence.

Please note: The selection of core and optional modules is subject to change year on year


The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines. Successful applicants will normally hold a level 8 undergraduate degree in any subject at a minimum of Second Class Honours degree.

Closing Date: Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, or the 31st July 2022 therefore early application is advised.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Apr, 2022
Expiry Date
13th Jun, 2022