Taught course

Social Work

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Social Sciences and Philosophy

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a level 8 primary social science degree (2.1 degree or higher), or equivalent, and a minimum of 6 months relevant practice experience. There are up to 25 places on the course each year. All applicants are advised to read the following documentation which provides an overview of entry and course requirements to the Masters in social Work. M.S.W. Guidelines.

All applications for the Masters in Social Work must include the following documents:

  • A breakdown and description of relevant work experience to date which indicates the total number of hours or weeks worked. The minimum number of hours applicants must have is 850.
  • Students are not required to provide 2 academic references instead they must provide one academic reference and one reference from their practice experience.
  • Students must provide a personal statement of no less than 500 words and no more than 1000 words.

Months of entry


Course content

Social work is challenging and rewarding and requires a personal commitment to the ideals and values of the social work profession. Those considering social work as a career option should be aware of its ethical and value dimensions and, in particular, the commitment of practitioners to the promotion of social justice.

In accordance with Irish statutory regulations this Master in Social Work/Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work programme is approved by the national regulatory body for health and social care professionals (CORU). The programme offers professional social work education for applicants with a primary degree in Social Sciences or equivalent. Upon completion of the Master in Social Work/Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work successful candidates will be eligible to apply for registration as a professional social worker.

This is a two year full time programme consisting of 16 weeks full-time academic attendance and 14 weeks full-time fieldwork placement in the first year, and 14 weeks full-time academic attendance and 14 weeks full-time field work placement in second year.

The programme has an international perspective and students may avail of international placement opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSW
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Assistant Professor Erna O’Connor
+353-1-896 4579