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. In the thirty years since, the Department of Applied Social Studies has earned an unrivaled 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 offered at under-graduate level are Bachelor of Social Science BSocSc (Community and Youth Work) and post-graduate level Master of Social Science MSocSc (Community and Youth Work), as well as a post-qualifying MA in Applied Social Studies (MAASS).

The Department established Social Policy as a subject in Maynooth University and offers the Bachelor of Social Science BSocSc and a Master of Social Science MSocSc (Rights and Social Policy).

More recently, the Department established the Master of Social Work (MSW) programme and welcomed the first students in 2019.

The Department offers a four-year Doctorate in Social Science (DSocSc) which began in February 2020. The next intake will be 2022.

The Department has also successfully developed a number of NUI certificate programmes, which are generally offered on an outreach basis, sponsored by community based partner organisations.​ More information can be found by visiting our Research & Engagement page.

For further information on our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, including course brochures, please visit our Undergraduate Students or Postgraduate Students pages and  Programmes Overview