Applied Social Care

The BA in Applied Social Care (previously known as the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care) is a three year (level 7) course of study. The course is designed to facilitate students who wish to pursue a specific area of interest and prepares students for professional careers in Social Care Work.

The overall aim is to develop reflective and ethically-aware practitioners with the capacity to build professional relationships, in partnership with vulnerable individuals and groups who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs.

The course involves the study of related disciplines of Sociology, Social Policy, Psychology, Law, Applied Social Care, Personal and Professional Development and Supervised Professional Practice.

Entry will only be permitted at year one and applications in relation to RPL, advanced entry and module exemption applications for any year will not be accepted and reviewed for these programmes.

Applicants who seek entry into the BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care will be permitted once they have completed the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Care, Waterford Campus or equivalent programme.

Early Childhood Care & Education

Early childhood education or early learning and care, is a very rewarding profession that supports the development of young children from infancy and throughout the childhood years. Direct practice involves working with children by tailoring learning experiences to children’s individual needs. Supporting parents in their parenting role is also an essential part of the job. Indirect practice involves managing services, educating students, professional representation, governance and national policy development. Such wide ranging career opportunities ensures early childhood education is a rewarding and diverse profession.

Course Structure
This course is a four-year programme, which equips graduates with the theoretical, policy, legal and practical knowledge required to work in early years services. Learning is through experiential and self-directed learning activities, as well as through group work and presentations. The final year research project is supervised by an experienced research team. Placement opportunities in each year of study supports learners to become competent early childhood educators.

Public Relations and Media

Public Relations (PR) helps maintain lines of communications between an organisation and its publics. The BA (Hons) Public Relations and Media shows students how to work as thoughtful professionals, using personal skills and media technologies to influence and persuade audiences and publics. ‘Media’ is a collective term for the platforms used to send messages to mass audiences. Media is recognised as a powerful messenger in all our lives that tells us what and how to think about local and global events. We need and use media to help us communicate who we are to the world.

Applied Materials

The Master of Engineering in Applied Materials will provide learners with the expertise, tools and techniques essential to material characterisation, simulated design, failure analysis, and applied materials selection.

This programme focuses on the formulation of new solutions, principles, and methods to illustrate and evaluate the failure of mechanical components, identify functional deficiencies, and formulate design solutions. Learners will experience materials from an atomic level to component response simulation, using appropriate software-based formats. They will learn to synergise modern post-processing methods and advanced manufacturing techniques, as applied to a range of high-performance challenges including Advanced Manufacturing of embedded technologies for aerospace applications, surfaceresponsive technologies for smart water and wastewater infrastructure, and environmentally responsive bulk materials to replace unsustainable single-use plastics and films.

The programme will develop the skillsets required to solve advanced design problems and to provide critical raw material support in several industrial fields, including smart manufacturing, pharmaceutical, built environment, and aerospace.

What subjects will I study?
Materials Science in Engineering
Finite Element Analysis I & II
Design Driven Innovation
Materials in Processing and Industry 4.0
Applied Mechanics of Materials
Research Methods for Engineering
Innovation for Sustainable Enterprise
Dissertation (Engineering)
Work-based Project
Professional Development

Child, Youth & Family Studies

The Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies provides learners with a range of critical and analytical tools to enable them to manage and lead services that develop the potential of children, youth and families and envision new possibilities for better service provision in the sector. The programme is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the sector and to provide future leaders of Child, Youth and Family services in Ireland and abroad.

The programme aims to educate learners to high levels of contemporary and comparative theoretical awareness in fields central to services provision (transitions across the lifespan, cultural diversity, youth and families) and to create an atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and writing.

Learners will develop a deep and integrated knowledge of contemporary child, youth and family theory and practice, and the sector within which child, youth and family services operate.

Note: Please be aware that some of the modules on this programme are taught in the evening. If you wish to complete the programme as a full-time student, you must complete both the day and evening modules in one academic year.

Old & Middle Irish

The MA in Old and Middle Irish is designed to provide students
with a thorough grounding in the Irish language and literature of
the period c. 600–c. 1200. It is aimed at those who already have
a good basic knowledge of Irish (medieval or modern) or another
Celtic language and, in exceptional circumstances, at those who
have an appropriate other background to undertake the study of
Old and Middle Irish from the beginning.
The programme offers taught modules in the following:
• Grammar of Old and Middle Irish;
• Literary History 600–1200;
• Close Reading of Medieval Irish Texts;
• History, Scholarship and Culture in Medieval Ireland;
• Comparative Celtic Linguistics.

Politics and Sociology

This programme comprises core taught modules in Politics
and Sociology and a thesis of up to 20,000 words which will
be supervised by a member of the school’s academic staff,
providing one-to-one support and expertise in the student’s
chosen field of enquiry.
All students take core modules in Political Theory, Social Theory,
and Research Methods, and also select from a list of optional

Social Sciences

This innovative four-year degree is
aimed at high-achieving students
with a passion to better understand,
appreciate, and address the crucial
contemporary social, environmental
and economic issues of our times.
• Students will participate in an
international field trip in Year Two
as well as a one-semester
internship/placement in Year Three,
gaining practical experience and
understanding of working in key
areas of social scientific research.
• This interdisciplinary degree draws
on key strengths of schools,
disciplines and research institutes
right across the University, allowing
for the synthesis of ideas from many
diverse disciplines and perspectives
to produce career-ready graduates

Social Work, Practice Teaching, Supervision & Management

This PDip develops the skills and knowledge of social workers
who teach student social workers in the agency/placement
setting. It is also relevant for those professional social
workers currently taking or giving supervision. In addition, the
management section of the course will offer the opportunity
to explore management models and practices within varied
social work settings. Participants acquire an excellent academic
theoretical framework on relevant theories, policies and

practices. New perspectives will also be achieved on computer-
based distance learning techniques and practical competence

while supervising a student on placement.

Social Work

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be
registered as a social worker by the CORU registration body. It
provides both university and practice-based learning to students,
offering opportunities to learn about social problems and their
causes, as well as policy solutions. It also equips students with
skills in working with individuals, groups and communities,
putting an emphasis on the promotion of human rights and
social justice. Students complete two practice placements as
well as a range of modules, such as Theory and Social Work;
Social Work Practice, Law and Human Rights; Social Policy,
Mental Health and Health Promotion; Support and Protection
across the Lifecourse; and Crime Reduction and Probation Work.