Trinity College Dublin: Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice (Online)

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Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice

Course Details

This online level 9 Postgraduate Diploma will give students an understanding of the role that social policies play in shaping our societies. Students will consider the role of social policy in addressing complex problems such as crime and poverty and learn how to develop policy interventions in areas like social security, health and housing. They will also confront the challenges of implementing and changing policy.

The programme attracts students from the public, private and voluntary/community sectors, including those:

  • delivering or managing social services e.g. social care, disability, housing
  • developing or implementing social policy e.g. regulation, local government
  • advocating for social policy change e.g. charities and action groups
  • those with corporate social responsibility commitments

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

The programme also appeals to graduates who want to pursue a masters in social work, social research or social policy but who don’t have a relevant undergraduate qualification. This Postgraduate Diploma can act as a conversion course for these graduates and enhance their application for specialised programme such as a Masters in Social Work. Eligible graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma also have the option of a second year of online study leading to a M.Sc. in Social Policy and Practice.

Online Delivery and Assessment

The course is delivered and assessed entirely online. Students can participate in weekly learning activities from their home or workplace, with no requirement to attend classes at the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students access online learning materials in a virtual learning environment and engage with other students and lecturers through discussion boards, blogs and the live online tutorials held once or twice per week. There are no final examinations on the course. Instead, continuous assessment is used in the form of projects, blogs, reflective journals, essays and case studies. The programme consists of six modules and runs from September until May.


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 Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.2). Applicants must also provide two references, one of which must be academic.

The course commences in early September 2019 and we are now accepting electronic applications for the 2019/20 academic year.


Tuition Fee: Please see.
Application Fee: €55
Fees may be subject to change

Further Information

Find out more about this course at

Or join us for our Online Open Evening on Wednesday 1st May at 6pm

This Online Open Evening event will give you the chance to:

  • Learn how the course is structured and delivered
  • Talk to the lecturers about the course and career opportunities
  • Meet current students and hear about their experiences
  • Discover the other courses this programme will help you access, including the Masters in Social Work

To attend this online event please contact Jack Ferguson:



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