The Applied Social Studies programmes are designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of those staff working in the care professions (social work, psychology, education, nursing, teaching, medicine, etc).
With the current emphasis on a flexible, accessible, streamlined and seamless post-qualifying continuum, and one that aims to offer a more continuous range of opportunities for progression, we offer a range of modules and courses within an overall PG Certificate/PG Diploma/MSc programme.
The programmes present opportunities to study a range of areas including direct practice in child care, management and leadership within organisations and
adult mental health at postgraduate level. In addition, they aim to maintain educational coherence whilst covering diversity and choice. You can access a range of modules that accumulate into an award, affording the flexibility to work within their own time schedules.
Please note that this course is not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.
Applied Social Studies - Mental Health highlights
The PG Diploma/MSc pathway is the training for social workers to undertake the specialist role of an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.
- These programmes have been accredited by the Northern Ireland Post-Qualifying Education and Training Partnership and the Association of Family Therapy (for the Family Therapy pathways) and offer a range of professional awards and requirements at the specific, specialist and leadership levels.
- On these pathways there will be restricted access to relevant data by employers, the NISCC, DHSSPS, HSC Boards and any successor bodies.
- For social workers, the programmes reflect the Department of Health policy in relation to social work and social care training and development (The Personal Social Services Development and Training Strategy, 2006-16), including links with the Northern Ireland Post-Qualifying Education and Training Partnership’s professional requirements and awards in the three categories: specific, specialist and leadership.
- Professional Development For multi-disciplinary applicants the programmes offer relevant CPD opportunities as well as recognised qualifications accredited by the University which will augment their professional development and enhance the development of further opportunities in their chosen field of practice.
- Each pathway leader has developed and nurtured their subject proficiency via their own practice, teaching and research in relation to their specialist area and they impart this trilateral expertise to the students via teaching on the Applied Social Studies programme.
“The pathways offered through the Applied Social Studies programme provide graduates from social work, health care and allied professions with a variety of opportunities to develop their specific areas of learning and skills in practice. Increasingly, our graduates operate within teams which consist of workers from a range of professional backgrounds and there is a need to hone skills and knowledge which are relevant to the multi-disciplinary environment."
Dr Anne Campbell, Programme Director
Course Details Core Modules (40 CATS points each):
Context and Concepts in Mental Health
Law Ethics and Applied Law in Mental Health
Social Work Practice Development in Mental Health
Dissertation (60 CATS points)
People teaching you
Dr Gavin Davidson is a qualified social worker whose research interests are in the area of mental health, specifically: the effectiveness of mental health services; the recovery approach; inequalities; trauma; coercion; mental health/mental capacity legislation; and the associations between adverse childhood experiences and mental health
Continuing professional registration in social work is predicated on continuing professional development, which this programme and its pathways offer. The DoH has directed that social workers demonstrate their competence covered in the curricula of this programme and its pathways.
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Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
Assessment methods include written assignments, observations of practice, projects, and a dissertation (for the final 60 credits).
The Graduate School
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Where this is not met, applicants must demonstrate that their experience and qualifications enable them to study at postgraduate level by showing either that they have the Pre-2007 Post-Qualifying Social Work Award or by producing a reflective assignment on their practice in this area (2,000 words).
Please note that this programme is only open to applicants who are working as Social Care Professionals within NI/UK.
Social Work applicants must have a recognised social work qualification, be registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and have at least two years post-qualifying social work experience or must have successfully completed the Assessed Year in Employment plus have one year's experience by the date of commencement of the programme. They should be nominated by their employer who will undertake to provide support and appropriate learning opportunities.
Nominees will have demonstrated that they hold the PQSW part 1 certificate or have passed the University of Ulster's 'Inter-Professional Development' module in mental health or demonstrate equivalent competence through an APL submission. They should also have social work experience of working with clients with a mental disorder (or receive preparation before the programme commences) and be employed for at least 12 hours per week in a social post in Northern Ireland. It will be the responsibility of employers to ensure that applicants have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate social work competence in their work with people who have a mental disorder and their carers.
It is important that Social Work applicants include their NISCC Social Care Registration Number in the Additional Information section of the application form.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st July 2019.
Late applications may be considered.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £5,900 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,900 Other (non-UK) EU £5,900 International £16,400
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Applied Social Studies - Mental Health costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.
Fees and Funding