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Social Care Management (Master of Arts, L9, 90 ECTS)

  • Status: Register Your Interest

  • Campus: Moylish, Limerick City

  • years: 2

  • Fees: €10,800

Course Overview

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.

Contact Details

General Queries

Flexible Learning Office


Telephone: (061) 293802

Academic Queries

Dr. Matthew Cannon


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.


Recognised Prior Learning (RPL): Prospective applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements should submit their application online and then email to request assessment via RPL.

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 score of 5.5 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a score of 6.0 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Course Content

  • 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

  • Law for Social Care Managers

  • Human Resource Management

  • Financial Management for Social Care and Community Development Organisations

  • Research Thesis

More Information

  • Modules are to be delivered over one year in an online learning format.

  • 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, 90 ECTS)

  • €10,800


  • TBC for 2024-2025 Academic Year