MA in Social Care Leadership & Management

Course Description

From 1st January 2019, this programme shall be offered by Technological University Dublin at our Grangegorman campus, Dublin 7.

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The MA in Social Care Leadership and Management commenced in September 2016

It is a 90 ECTS credit programme, with an exit award of Postgraduate Diploma on completion of 60 ECTS credits.

This new Programme is aimed at Social Care Workers who are currently in a leadership or managment post or for those who wish to progress their careers.

Programme vision

The vision for this programme is to develop excellence in social care leadership and management. Students will be facilitated to develop their capacities in delivering social care services grounded in the highest ethical standards of care, continuing education and research.

Entry criteria

The programme entry criteria are a minimum 2.2 award of a level 8 BA in Social Care (or allied professional level 8 qualification) with at least three years graduate experience in social care work. Students should have experience in formal or part-time management or leadership roles. A personal statement of evidence to verify management and leadership experience should be included with the application.

Level 7 applicants and applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements but have substantial experience in Social Care work and management may be considered by the Programme Committee for exceptional entry.

Exemptions based on prior learning shall not be facilitated on this programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score minimum of 6.5 overall, with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Dissertation research

Students on this programme are required to undertake a dissertation, which gives an opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic of your choice. To see examples of research conducted by MA students across the School [click here]

How to apply?

Apply [here].

Where will I study?

The Programme will be largely offered at the TU Dublin campus in Grangegorman, Dublin 7 (view video).

View a digital brochure on the course here

Programme outline

The Programme will include the following core modules:

  • Leadership and strategic managment in social care work (10 ECTS credits)
  • Legal issues for social care managers (5 ECTS credits)
  • Contemporary practice and ethical perspectives in social care management and leadership (5 ECTS credits)
  • Integrated seminars: theory to practice (5 ECTS credits)
  • Governance in the field of social care practice: Critical debates for social care managers (5 ECTS credits)
  • Critical social policy (10 ECTS credits)
  • Organisations: Culture, Change and Learning (10 ECTS credits)
  • Research methods (5 ECTS credits)
  • Dissertation (25 ECTS credits)

Students will have the opportunity to avail of a range of elective modules (10 ECTS credits) from other MA Programmes in the School (run subject to viable group sizes). Examples include:

Employment Law is crucial to the effective management of any multi-person organisation. Building on the Contracts and Torts modules, this module serves to equip the student with knowledge and understanding of the core principles, concepts and rules of Irish Employment Law, with particular reference to the statutory framework under which the employer-employee relationship is regulated and to the role of the manager as employer or employer’s agent.

Interventions in child and adolescent mental health explores the conceptualization of interventions for infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of mental health problems, with a view to promoting critical awareness of the effectiveness of these interventions.

Youth Offending and Youth Justice Perspectives focuses on the both the causes of juvenile offending and the social response to it in the light of what is known about the nature and circumstances of delinquent behaviour. Sentencing and placement options in Ireland and in other jurisdictions are critically appraised.

Risk, Protection and Resilience of Children and Vulnerable Adults addresses pertinent safety issues in contemporary society. It examines the protection of children and vulnerable adults from different theoretical perspectives and from the individual, the family and the community perspectives.

Perspectives on Ageing develops understandings of ageing and old age. It critically examines public policies towards older people in Irish society with a particular focus on well being and social integration.

Equality, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity will address the change in Irish demographics that reflect significant diversity in minority culture groups and languages used in Ireland. Cultural identity, ethnicity, racism and sociolinguistics will be examined. Language in society will be critically analysed. Knowledge anthropology, ethnicity, and the acquisition of multilingual competencies will be examined.

  • At a glance
  • Level 9 (Master of Arts)
  • Duration - This MA programme commenced in September 2016, the programme is offered on a part-time basis, one half day per week over a 2 year period.

  • Contact
  • Judy Doyle
  • 01 402 4164
  • Grangegorman, Dublin 7.
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This programme will equip graduates to compete for higher level roles in; leadership, management, social service inspections, and child protection management. Graduates will be academically skilled to engage actively with relevant statutory and non-statutory agencies such as; TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and the Ombudsman's Office for Children. The DIT Careers service offers advice to students and are contactable at 01 402 3351 during office hours or by email at

This MA will equip graduates to progress to PhD / Doctoral level studies.

Students on the MA in Social Care Leadership and Management will be managers, deputy managers, team leaders, or social care workers with experience in leadership roles working in a range of social care services. Consequently, this student cohort will automatically generate an industry networking forum within DIT. This natural 'on campus' industry link will be developed further and supported by guest speakers from relevant organisations such as TUSLA, HSE, private providers, statutory and non-statutory social care services.