UCC Postgraduate courses

Social Policy (Online)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Social Policy (Online)

  • Code

    CKA50 Full-time; CKA51 Part-time;

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    HDip

  • EU Fees 2018

    5,200
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018

    10,400

  • Entry Requirements

    The Higher Diploma in Social Policy (Online) is open to graduates who do not already possess a BSocSc (Hons) Degree. The minimum entry requirement is an Ordinary Bachelor’s degree (Level 7) or equivalent. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Course Delivery Method

    Online

  • Start Date

    9 September 2019

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy (online) is a conversion course giving a foundation in the field of social policy for graduates who do not hold a social science degree.  It can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

The course is delivered online. It provides a flexible approach to study for students with employment and/or care responsibilities; as well as those restricted geographically.

The course sets social policy in the context of the social sciences. The course is particularly relevant to those who want to apply for professional postgraduate courses in social work, e.g. Master of Social Work.

Students will study core modules on topics including the evolution of the welfare state, poverty, social exclusion, social policy, and social analysis. Students will be introduced to critical areas of study within the field of social policy including:

      • housing and homelessness;
      • social professions and social work;
      • social groups and social rights;
      • social research and ethics;
      • identity and self;
      • political and economic rights

Students will also undertake a supervised 10,000 word, social research project on a social policy topic of the student’s choice (in consultation with his/her supervisor). This will be a desk-based piece of research, involving an exploration of policy and literature.

Course Content

Core Modules:

SS5101 Social Policy and Social Theory (online) (10 credits) – Semester 1 and 2

SS5102 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis (online) (10 credits) – Semester 1 and 2

SS5108 Poverty and Social Exclusion (online) (5 credits) – Semester 1

SS5106 Housing and Homelessness (online) (5 credits) – Semester 1

Plus

Elective Modules (Students choose 15 credits from the following):

SS5110 Social Policy and Social Work (online) (5 credits) – Semester 2

SS5105 Social Professions and Social Practice IV (online) (5 credits) – Semester 1

SS5107 Education and welfare (online) (5 credits) – Semester 2

SS5109 The Politics of Racism (online) (5 credits) – Semester 2

Part II

Core module

SS5104 Social Research Report (15 credits) – Semester 2

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

Each module is built around a series of weekly short lectures, assigned readings and online discussions.  Full-time students can typically expect 10-15 hours of study per week alongside moderated activities.   For the part-time option, students can typically expect 6 - 7 hours of study per week. The course is designed to be flexible to consider the busy schedules of students with employment and care responsibilities. The online delivery will allow students to engage with the course material when it suits them.  It is important to note that more time will be required to research and write assignments.

Students must also make themselves available for occasional online supervisory meetings in the second semester while writing their research report. The research report is taken in the second semester. It is a desk-based piece of research of 10,000 words in length.   

As the course is delivered online, it is recommended that applicants have access to reliable internet connection of at least 2Mb/s or more download speed and 0.5Mb/s upload speed.

Assessment

Summative assessment in the taught component of the course consists of essays, portfolios, policy papers, reports, analysis of texts. The research report is a 10,000 word document and is undertaken under the supervision of a staff member. Students are also supported for this project with a series of guiding videos. Formative assessment such as participation in group discussions and collaborative projects are not assigned marks.

Why Choose This Course

This Higher Diploma in Social Policy (Online) is a flexible, online programme that accounts for the busy schedules of working students. It allows students to engage with the course material when it suits them. For an online programme, the Higher Diploma in Social Policy (online)  offers a great deal of choice to students.

The School of Applied Social Studies is dedicate to providing high quality teaching and learning resources. The academics involved in teaching on the programme have extensive research experience in the discipline of social policy. There is a strong commitment to support students in their study and students can expect ongoing support from staff throughout the year.

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy (online) gives students a foundation in the study of the welfare state and the social services. It is a conversion course for those who don’t hold a social science degree, but wish to apply for the Master of Social Work course. The course also prepares students for entry to other postgraduate courses in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, e.g. social policy, planning, youth and community work, social services administration and child care.

Skills and Careers Information

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy (online) gives students a foundation in the study of the welfare state and the social services. It is a conversion course for those who don’t hold a social science degree, but wish to apply for the Master of Social Work course. The course also prepares students for entry to other postgraduate courses in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, e.g. social policy, planning, youth and community work, social services administration and child care.

Requirements

  • The Higher Diploma in Social Policy (Online) is open to graduates who do not already possess a BSocSc (Hons) Degree.
  • This is a conversion course and is designed for graduates of any discipline who may be interested in pursuing further study in the fields of social policy or social work.  
  • The minimum entry requirement is an Ordinary Bachelor’s degree (Level 7) or equivalent. 

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is 5,200.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for part time course is half the full time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is 10,400.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available CKA50AdditionalQuestions 

Two written references (one from an academic source and the other from a work source - either voluntary or paid) must be emailed to: rebecca.jeffers@ucc.ie.  The Reference Request Forms must be downloaded and printed during the online application process and a copy should be sent to each of your Referees. A copy of the Reference Request Forms are available to view CKA50ReferenceRequestForms 

Only applications which include two written references from referees can be processed.   

All other required supporting documentation (e.g. evidence of non-UCC undergraduate/postgraduate qualifications) must be UPLOADED via the PAC My Account facility

Deposit

Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

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