Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice / Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice

Master of Arts/Post Graduate Diploma Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice / Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice

Course Overview

  • 3

    Years P/T

  • 9


Why take this course?

The social care profession is dedicated to protecting and assisting the most vulnerable in our society. Social care professionals are on the front line in attempting to address pertinent social issues like: child abuse and protection, domestic violence, mental health, promoting equality of opportunity for those with special needs; as well as the rights and social inclusion of the marginalised in our society. Such a profession requires highly competent, confident and qualified persons with specialised training and knowledge of national and international best practice. The future of social care focuses on promoting high standards of: professional conduct, education, training and competence as outlined by CORU. In line with this, educational bodies will deliver qualifications that prepare professionals to provide safe and appropriate care, ensuring that social care workers keep their professional knowledge and skills up to date through the pedagogies of Continued Professional Education (CPE). The MA/PgD. in Advanced Social Care Practice is designed to support professionals in extending their knowledge and skills to a higher level, including unique and emerging techniques linked to evidence-based practice. It will encourage social care workers to keep themselves well-informed on current policy, strategy and quality considerations that impact on their work. This innovative programme has been designed after extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders to identify the current needs of the sector. Furthermore, each future module will be created following annual consultation with the social care sector i.e. social care professionals, agencies, and organisations.

What will I experience?

The overall aim of the Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice is to facilitate the professional and intellectual development of the student and her/his capacity to critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise information and to engage in further research into emerging issues in Social Care.

On completion the Learner will be expected to:

  • Evaluate, contrast and criticise the fundamental and advanced theories, concepts, principles and methods associated with social care practice.
  • Develop and enhance skills of analysis, interpretation, and strategic thinking as appropriate to social care research.
  • Critically assess current social care standards in light of evidence based practice with particular reference to ethics and social responsibility.
  • Appraise and criticise current practices and issues in the field of social care in light of comparative and international best practice.
  • Independently engage in further research relevant to the advancement of the social care profession.

Additional Information

Any learner who enrols will have three potential avenues open to them as follows:

  • Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of designed modules worth 40 credits plus the module, Research Methods and the Dissertation.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of six/seven designed modules (total 60 credits) of choice over time.
  • Minor Award (Level 9) associated with the Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of one designed module.
  • Applications should be received the semester prior to the module(s) commencing e.g. semester one (Sept-Dec) for the forthcoming January applications, semester two (Jan-June) for the forthcoming September applications.

*Please note: the specific modules that are due to run each semester will be decided upon after a review of completed application forms received, and applicants will be subsequently notified of the modules due to run that following semester.

Course Details

Course Fees:
€750 per module
Course Duration:
3 Years P/T
Course Award:
Master of Arts/Post Graduate Diploma
Course NFQ Level:
Level 9
Dept of Social Science
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Candidates must hold a BA (Honours) Degree at Level 8 in Applied Social Studies/Social Care or a relevant cognate discipline, at a minimum 2.2 level. Applicants must be currently employed in the social care sector.

Please note: this programme will not necessarily entitle you to register as a social care worker if you do not hold an appropriate undergraduate social care qualification.

Please contact:

Ms. Caroline McLoughlin at the Admissions Office: or phone 090-6468131.

Ms. Pearl Moore Programme Coordinator: or phone: 090-6471875

Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice / Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice   - prospectus

Course Prospectus


Course Structure

Year 1

Duration: This programme is delivered on a part-time basis, each module is run over a semester 12/13 weeks in duration as per AIT academic calendar. This flexible mode of delivery includes one evening per week (Wed/Thurs respectively) from 6pm-9pm. The course also requires students to attend one Friday 10am-4pm (per semester). The programme aims to facilitate two modules each semester pending modular demand.

The following designed modules are currently available:

  • Behaviours that Challenge (10 credits).
  • Contemporary Approaches In Intellectual Disability Practice (10 credits).
  • Mental Health, Law and Policy (10 credits).
  • Approaches to Supporting Families (10 credits).
  • Interpersonal Conflict: Prevention & Resolution (10 credits).
  • Approaches to Care with Older People (10 credits).
  • Managing for Professional Social Care Practice (10 credits).
  • Contemporary Developments In Social Care Practice (5 credits).
  • Academic Writing for Post-Graduate Study (5 credits).

  • * Research Methods (10 credits)

*Prerequisite: the completion of 40 credits .

  • ** Dissertation (20 credits)

**Prerequisite: the completion of 40 credits & Research Methods.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme can reasonably expect to rise to advanced positions within the social care sector and to be in a position to consider a more diverse range of career opportunities. Graduates of this course may be eligible to pursue further postgraduate training and research leading to a PhD (NFQ Level 10) qualification.

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