This is a one year full-time, or two year part-time academic progression programme for students who hold the HDCYW, or the DCYW and BA Applied Social Studies, and who also have post qualifying professional experience. In exceptional circumstances graduates from equivalent programmes, who are engaged in community or youth work will be considered. To facilitate students the programme is delivered in two/three day blocks at Maynooth University every four to six weeks. The MA Applied Social Studies offers a unique opportunity for experienced practitioners to deepen their professional knowledge and academic analysis, as well as to contribute through their research and essays to the discourse of our disciplines.
Are there social issues that you feel passionate about?
Do you think young people should have opportunities to shape the world they live in?
Are you inspired to challenge inequality and work for human rights?
Do you want to work on creating the conditions for positive social change in society?
The Masters of Social Science Community & Youth Work (MSocScCYW) is a two-year master degree programme with two 14 week supervised fieldwork placements at its core.
As a student you will participate in a programme of professional education and training that engages you as an active participant in your learning, working in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality. You will learn to foster the development and empowerment of communities and young people and facilitate the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively.
The MSocScCYW equips students for employment in community development, youth work, and associated equality, human rights, international development, local development, local authority, national institutions, and international agency work. Graduates of the programme are currently working in local community development and youth work projects, work with Travellers and Roma, homelessness, migrant rights, rights of sex workers, anti-racist and intercultural work, disability rights, media and communications, international development, politics, public policy, government departments/agencies, education & training, and more.
Application for entry to the MSocScCYW programme is open to those who have a primary degree in one of the social sciences and have experience of/ a demonstrated interest in work with communities, youth organisations or projects, minority groups, social movements or international development. Candidates holding other primary degrees may be also considered in light of relevant experience.
2 years full-time or 3 years part-time in-service
Professionally endorsed programme (AIEB & NSETS)
The MSocSc (Rights and Social Policy) provides advanced study in key social policy issues.
It provides an opportunity for critical study in the application of social policy theory and techniques to current policy and practice.
The emphasis is on themes of rights, recognition and redistribution and associated equality, governance, justice and ageing issues.
The programme takes place over one year full-time or two years part-time.
Please read the MSocSc information brochure.
To talk to a staff member about the MSocSc Social Policy (Rights and Social Policy) please contact Niamh Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Master in Social Science (Social Work) – Course Code MHB62
Applications for this programme will open in November 2023- date to be confirmed.
Closing date for entry to Academic Year 2024-2025 is the first week in February 2024 (TBC)
The Master of Social Science (Social Work) (MSocSc Social Work) is a full time two year programme for suitable graduates who want to pursue a career in social work. The programme combines rigorous academic education with supervised field work practice towards the aim of developing competent, ethical and reflective social work practitioners who are committed to the promotion of human rights and social justice in social work.
Enquiries to Programme Coordinator: Dr Johanna O’Shea, at email@example.com
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Research proposals in writing are invited, and candidates should submit their academic record and a brief outline of the proposed work, and consult with the Department. Research areas of interest include, youth affairs, youth work and the sociology of youth work, community development and community work, the Welfare State, European social policy, poverty, juvenile justice and policy in respect of children, women's studies, race, racism, ethnicity, Traveller culture, and intercultural studies.
Doctor of Social Scienc (DSocSc)e: The four-year DSocSc builds on the successful professional programmes of education and traning in youth work, community work and social work. It contributes to the Department’s mission to “contribute to human rights, social justice and equality nationally and internationally’’. The programme will be seeking applicants in late 2022/early 2023.
Please read the Doctor of Social Science brochure.