Postgraduate Diploma / Master in Social Care and Social Justice (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 90
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Taught Masters Degree by Thesis
  • Duration 2

Course Summary

This programme offers students the opportunity to critically analyse social care and social justice and explore its applications to a range of service and user groups to enhance their capacity to act as a force for progressive social change. 

Through this course students are required to reflectively interrogate their own identities and positioning, developing practical skills for advocacy, lobbying and activism allowing them to lead and initiate change within a given area.  Students will be provided with the skills to facilitate representation at the personal, organisational and political levels of society; promote the concept of relationality in all aspects of social care to promote social inclusion, social justice and equality; practice the values of recognition and respect in all social care domains and in society generally; critique redistributive and social justice; critically redress unequal relations; develop the capacity to access care for oneself and undertake care for others.


Postgraduate Diploma 18 months (3 semesters) and Masters 2 years (4 semesters)

Delivery Method

Part-time blended online and in college.  Students study 6 days over each semester on campus, usually 2 consecutive days at the beginning, 2 consecutive days mid semester and 2 consecutive days at the end of the semester in addition to a weekly online lecture.


Key Course Information

This exciting, interesting and thought provoking programme gives you the opportunity to examine the fields of social care and social justice as a collaborative and complementary subject area.

As a blended learning programme, it provides a flexibility that is not always possible within Masters awards.

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2022

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be considered through a selection process. Key requirements at a minimum include:

  • 2.2 Honours Degree in Social Care or in a cognate discipline


  • Two years of professional practice experience in a relevant field.

Students who do not meet the above criteria can apply to be considered through the process of RPL/RPE. More information on this process can be found at the following link: learning/about/recognition-of-prior-learning/

All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited for an interview.

Successful interview applicants will be offered a place on the programme.

Career Opportunities

This programme provides graduates with expert knowledge in the social care and social justice fields and therefore graduates are expected to progress up their personal career ladders in areas such as policy, research, management and leadership within specific organisations.

Further Study

Doctoral Studies in Social Care or Social Justice Discipline, Research, Policy, can be explored. Other opportunities exist, depending on your personal goals.


Did you know?

The Department of Social Sciences was shortlisted for the National 2019 Education Awards in the category of the Best College of Arts & Social Science



Sligo Chamber Skillnet may be able to partially fund  programme fees for you or your employees  - for further details please contact


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Sligo Chamber Skillnet may be able to partially fund  programme fees for you or your employees - for further details please contact