UCC Postgraduate courses

Social Policy (Online)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Social Policy (Online)

  • Code

    HDSOCPOL

  • 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 2021

    €5,330; €2,730 (Year 1 Part-time); €2,730 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021

    10,530

  • 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

    Late applications are being accepted until 10th August 2021

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 June

  • Course Delivery Method

    Online

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

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.

PART I

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

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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. 

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

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

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €5,330; €2,730 (Year 1 Part-time); €2,730 (Year 2 Part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is 10,530.

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 .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two 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 online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €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.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal 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 items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

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

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • Please detail your computing/technical/IT skills.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please enter the names and eail addresses of two referees (one from an academic source and the other from a work source - either voluntary or paid).

Deposit

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

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June

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