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Postgraduate Courses

The School of Social Work and Social Policy offers a rich learning environment for postgraduate students. Its teaching and research address many of the challenges of social development and social inclusion facing a rapidly changing Irish society.

The School's postgraduate courses currently on offer are:

Scholarship opportunities

PhD studentship - Full-time

This studentship is open to current students on the full-time Ph.D. Register, or new entrants for entry in September 2017 or March 2018. New students must also have completed an application for entry into the PhD programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. The studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fees and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.

Eligibility requirements:
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a masters degree, or a primary degree (1st class or 2.1 honours) or equivalent.

Application process:
Application forms can be downloaded here and should be returned to Louise O'Brien by midday Tuesday, June 6th 2017.

The holder of this studentship will be required to engage in teaching related activities, as advised by their supervisor and/or the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) or his/her nominee, to a maximum of 6 hours per week in teaching term. It is also important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in the School. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

Selection process:
The selection process will involve a 15 minute presentation by the candidate on their proposed research, followed by an interview. This will take place on June 20th, 2017.

PhD studentships – Part-time

Two studentships are available to students who enter the part-time PhD register from October 2017 onwards. Part-time students who register after this date will be eligible to apply for the studentship as soon as they have successfully completed their confirmation review. After passing the review, those who wish to apply for the studentship can submit an application of no more than 3,000 words, consisting of

  • a one page CV;
  • a one page outline of the original contributions and novelty of their doctoral research;
  • a one page outline of the plan for progressing and publicising their doctoral research to completion.

These applications will be considered in the order in which they are submitted, until two studentships have been awarded.

These studentships fully cover the EU fees for a maximum period of two years, or until the thesis has been completed.