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Course Structure & Content

Academic Calendar and Duration of Course

The MSW is a two-year full-time programme  blending academic and practice placement components, which is undertaken over two academic years from early September to the following June each year. There is also an expectation that initial work on the Master's dissertation will be completed in the summer months between Year One and Year Two.

Academic modules include:

Year One

Introduction to Social Work

Introduction to Reflective Practice & Use of Self in Social Work

Social Work & Counselling Practice Approaches

Group work

Community Development

Human Development in Social Contexts

Supporting Children and Families-Approaches to Prevention and Intervention

Child and Family Law

Equality, Rights, Identities & Power in Social Work Practice

Preparation for Practice

Contemporary Discourses in Social Work

Contemporary Social Policy

Introduction to Social Work Research and Evaluation

Year Two

Families and Children: Practice in a Child Welfare Context

Social Work and Gender based Domestic Violence

Criminology, Probation and Social Work

Applied Law

Social Work in Diverse Settings:

Mental Health


Youth Mental Health

Health Related Social Work



Systemic and Social Constructionist Approaches with Children and Families

Professional Development

Working in Human Service Organisations

Social Work in a Global Context

Social Work Research

For more information, see the current academic year course handbook

Practice Placements

Students will be required to successfully complete a professional placement of fourteen weeks duration, in each academic year.  Placements take place from February to May in both years one and two. Garda (Police) vetting is required prior to undertaking placement. Further placement details are available on the Fieldwork Education Unit page.