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Master of Arts in Social Studies (Adv. Professional Practice)

What is Social Studies (Adv. Professional Practice)

This programme is tailored to meet the needs of graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds who wish to continue their professional development. Addressing today’s most pressing social challenges demands an ability to understand how research, policy and practice are critically important in shaping efficient and effective work based activities. The aim of the Masters is to develop a critical practice path that is relevant and significant for graduates already working across care, education, health, welfare and related areas and new graduates who want to further develop their skills prior to embarking on a career in their chosen field.

Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Interaction and exchange of experiences and perspectives with a diverse peer group. A learning community, in which participants enlighten, challenge and motivate each other.
  • Students will work with staff whose role is to stimulate learning, facilitate, challenge and question as well as provide specialist knowledge.
  • Inputs from practitioners with national and international experience.
  • Learning activities and assessments that require participants to reflect on their own practice and experiment with new approaches.
  • Learning activities and assessments that enable the participant to analyse and evaluate their own organisations and to compare and contrast with best practice elsewhere.
  • Live organisational projects to provide a realism that prepares participants for acting in a context characterised by complexity, continuous change and uncertainty.
  • Group working that promotes learning about diversity and the interactive attributes of communication, interpersonal and teamworking skills.
  • A range of teaching and learning methods, catering for different learning styles.

This programme will be delivered one day per week over two years. Classes will be delivered at the Institute of Technology Tralee (North Campus) commencing from September 2018.

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Why study Social Studies (Adv. Professional Practice) at IT, Tralee

Delivered part time over two years, this programme will offer participants a unique whole system pathway towards advanced practice.  Delivered in an innovative and flexible manner, a wide range of teaching methodologies will be utilised, including on-line and blended learning options, and the part-time delivery will support and facilitate practitioners ongoing professional development by making the contact time accessible and manageable within the working week. Expert guest speakers will be a feature of the programme and the programme will be delivered by staff with extensive academic and practice experience.

What are my career opportunities

The MA in Social Studies (Advanced Professional Practice) affords the participant an opportunity to invest in his/ her own professional development in the sector and will enhance employment and advancement opportunities currently existing within the sector.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a 2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8). Ideally the primary degree should be in Healthcare, Social Studies, Education, Early Childhood, Youth and Community Practice or a similarly practice-based discipline or equivalent professional qualifications.


The total programme cost including the Student Contribution Charge is €6,735* payable in two instalments in July 2018 and 2019 respectively. Please visit for details of tax relief opportunities.
*Based on charge in Academic Year 2016/2017 and subject to an increase.
NOTE: Overseas candidates who have not studied their degree through English are required to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550 or IELT score of at least 6.0.


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