Master of Social Science in Research (by Portfolio) (MSocSc)

Master of Social Science in Research (by Portfolio)(MSocSc)

   Duration: 2 Years

What is Master of Social Science in Research (by Portfolio) (MSocSc)?

Background Information:

The Masters of Social Science in Research (by Portfolio) is a two-year part-time degree awarded on the satisfactory completion of a portfolio research project.  The program had its first intake in 2004 and the next intake will be in September 2007. The course is designed for social workers who are interested in engaging in investigating questions arising in their practice.  The subject of inquiry/research must be located in the participants practice.

Course Structure:

All participants are required to participate in a peer inquiry group process.  This process involves ongoing discussions, which facilitate the participants to refine their research questions and to select appropriate research methodology.  This process is a central element of the portfolio construction process.  Course attendance will be on a designate day ( to be decided) and will involve approximately two-days per month during the academic year. Lectures, group discussions, journal writing and journal reading and individual presentations of participants work progress will all be structured into the format of the programme.  These sessions will model a more self directed approach to teaching and learning and they will be mentored and facilitated by the course Director.

Course Assessment:

Participants will be required to submit a number of pieces of work throughout the two academic years.    

Year 1
•    Developing reflective approaches to researching social work.  
     (Journal Entries 3,000 words)
•    Review of literature.  (3,000-5,000 words)
•    Research Proposal.  (5,000 words)

Year 2
•    Research Design and Final Report. (20,000 words)
•    Overall Reflection and Implications for the future.  The finished portfolio should include an overall reflection on what the participant has learned from engaging in the portfolio research process, and any suggestions arising for future research.  (approx 500 words).

Criteria for Application

Applicants must possess either:

  • A professional qualification in social work
  • Qualifying standard in M.Soc.Sc. qualifying examination
  • Higher Diploma in Child Care and Protection Studies
  • In addition applicants must have a minimum of three years experience in practice
  • Completion of a written application including a research proposal outlining area of research interest
  • Two references (one academic and one from current line manager) must be submitted

Additional Information

Contact Us:

Carmel Halton (Course Director), Dept. of Applied Social Studies, UCC.  
T: 021 4902828





School of Applied Social Studies

Staidéar Sóisialta Feidhmeach

William Thompson House, Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland.