Taught course

Applied Social Studies (Online Course)

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines who are interested in converting to the field of applied social studies. Successful applicants will hold a level 8 degree in any subject at a minimum of upper second class honours degree (2.2). Please note: As part of your supplementary application documentation you should upload a scan of your passport, clearly showing the photograph. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The overall objective of this programme is to provide graduates
from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their
understanding of the role of social policy in developing healthy
functioning societies. Student will get to grips with some of
the ‘wicked problems’ that contemporary societies face. These
are complex interdependent problems such as crime and
poverty which are often resistant to the solutions put in place
by governments. Students will understand the arguments for
developing social policy in areas such as social security, health,
housing and personal social services and the challenges of
implementing and changing policy in these areas.
This course will provide students with a stimulating online
learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible
learning approach. The place of study will be totally flexible
as online delivery allows students to engage in many learning
activities at home or in the workplace.
The programme will appeal to those responsible for
developing, delivering and administering social policies and
social services as well as those involved in advocating for policy
and service change. It will be or particular interest to graduates
with an undergraduate qualification outside of the social
science and social studies field wishing to pursue a Masters
programme in that field. The Postgraduate Diploma will act as a
conversion course for such graduates and would enhance their
application to pursue further study on a specialised programme
such as the Masters of Social Work. The programme will also
appeal to applicants from other countries, especially outside
the EU, and in North America who will have the opportunity to
study in Ireland’s leading university with expertise in Irish, EU
and international social policy.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies is
offered as a one year online programme with students taking
modules totalling 60 ECTS comprising seven core modules.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Stephanie Holt
+353-1-896 3593