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Master of Arts in Social Care Management

Status: Closed




2 Years


Applied Social Sciences

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



This programme aims to equip experienced social care workers with the knowledge, skills and insight required to be effective managers in social care settings. The learner is offered 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 approved equivalent 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.

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


Part-Time over 2 academic years (1 day per week over 4 semesters), plus up to 2 hours per module for online tutorials. Class contact hours will normally be approximately 6 hours per week, but this will vary in some semesters. The class delivery day will normally be on a Friday. For the 20-21 academic year, the majority of classes will be held remotely using a combination of live online meetings and pre-recorded lectures.

What will the time commitment be?

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.


Master of Arts in Social Care Management (Level 9)

Application Deadline

15th August 2020

For Queries Relating to Course Content

Dr. Matthew Cannon, Course Leader


Course Fees

€3,500 per annum

Please note that an Instalment Plan can be arranged.

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



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