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Master of Arts in Social Care Management

Status: Open




2 Years


Applied Social Sciences

Start Date


Course Type

Postgraduate Taught courses



This proposed programme aims to equip experienced social care workers with the knowledge, skills and insight required to be effective managers in social care settings. The intention is to offer the learner an opportunity to examine the practice of leadership and management in social care services, informed by an analysis of wider management theory, in order to develop appropriate management competencies.

What are the entry requirements?

A primary honours degree in Social Care, or equivalent degree in a cognate discipline, with a minimum award of Second-Class Honours Grade 2.2


An appropriate professional qualification in a cognate discipline AND at least 2 years relevant professional experience/responsibility


A primary honours degree AND at least 3 years relevant professional responsibility and experience

An interview may form part of the selection process.

The number of enrolments to this part-time programme is restricted to 25 students.

Students must be in employment or have previously worked in a social care setting. Students should ideally have the support of an agency to fulfil the academic and practical requirements of the course.

NB: Successful completion of this programme of study will not confer entitlement to register as a Social Care Worker.

Please ensure that you upload or attach relevant supporting documentation as appropriate when submitting your application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

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What modules will I study?

Year 1  

• Professional Supervision Theory and Practice

• Contemporary Management for Social Care and Community Organisations

• Strategic Operations and Project Management

• Managing for Quality in Service Delivery

• Research Skills for Managers

Year 2 

• Law for Social Care Managers

• Human Resource Management

• Financial Management for Social Care and Community Development Organisations

• Research Thesis

More Information


Due to changes as a result of COVID this course is currently being delivered online in keeping with public health advice.  While some opportunities may arise for face-to-face teaching it is envisaged that the course will continue to be offered online in future.. 

What will the time commitment be?

Part-Time over 2 academic years (1 day per week over 4 semesters). Class contact hours will normally be approximately 6 hours per week (online), but this will vary in some semesters.  The division of ‘live’ and ‘recorded’ online content varies depending on the module. The online classes are run on a Friday from 9am – 4pm.  Some classes are delivered ‘live’ online, while others are recorded and can be accessed in your own time. There is an additional 2 hours per module for recorded materials, readings and self-directed study. 

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college.  The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


The vast majority of the course is assessed through continual assessment for all elements of each module. Some modules will have a scheduled final exam which will take place online.


Master of Arts in Social Care Management (Level 9)

Application Deadline

1st July 2021

For Queries Relating to Course Content

Dr. Matthew Cannon, Course Leader


Course Fees

€4,000 per annum

Please note that an Instalment Plan can be arranged.


Public Health Advice permitting any group meetings will be held on the Moylish campus.

Next Proposed Start Date

17th September 2021 (Subject to sufficient demand).


What days will I need to attend classes?

The online classes are run on a Friday from 9am – 4pm.  Some classes are delivered ‘live’ online, while others are recorded and can be accessed in your own time.

How will I access course materials / readings and lectures?

Lectures and readings will be provided on ‘Moodle’ - LIT’s online learning system.

In addition to classes, is there a final project?

Yes, all students must complete a Master’s Dissertation on a topic of their choosing which relates to Social Care Management.  There is time reserved in the schedule for completing the final dissertation in the final year of the Masters.  Every student will be assigned a project supervisor drawn from the teaching staff on the course.

Will we get to meet other students in person?

Depending on public health advice we would hope to hold an introduction, mid-point and final session for each semester on-campus for those who can attend.  You will not be penalised if you cannot attend the ‘in-person’ sessions.



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