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 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 a new Masters in Social Policy (MSocSc, Rights and Social Policy) which commenced in September 2011. The Department now offers a four-year Doctorate in Social Science (DSocSc) which commenced in 2012. 

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 DAPPSS Programme Overview