Social Justice, Policy and Professions

The Department of Applied Social Studies (DAPPSS) is the longest established provider of professional education and training in youth work and community work in the country.

In 1981, Maynooth was the first university in the Republic of Ireland to offer professional programmes in community work and youth work. Since then the Department of Applied Social Studies has earned an unrivalled reputation for teaching, research and development in these areas evidenced in the leading role the Department’s staff has played in achieving the establishment of professional endorsement of both youth work and community work on an all Ireland basis.

Professional programmes are offered at under-graduate (BACYW) and post-graduate (MACYW) level, as well as a post-qualifying MA in Applied Social Studies (MAASS). The Department established Social Policy as a subject in Maynooth University and now offers both a BSocSc (Hons) degree, and since 2011 a Masters in Social Policy (Rights and Social Policy). Since 2012 the Department has offered a four-year Doctorate in Social Science (DSocSc).The Department is home to both the Centre for Youth Research and Development and the Centre for Rights, Recognition and Redistribution.

In addition, the Department partners with a variety of organisations to provide specific NUI Certificate programmes, including youth work, community work, youth justice and youth arts in a variety of locations around the country.

Our mission is“to contribute to human rights, social justice and equality nationally and internationally through excellence in education for and development of the applied social professions, through innovative academic education and research in the social sciences and associated public contributions”