Achieve Your Potential with a Postgraduate Degree from SSESW
Our postgraduate courses connect a range of social science disciplines including Education, Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.
SSESW is uniquely placed to offer exciting opportunities for students wishing to expand their academic and professional knowledge in a dynamic and inter-disciplinary environment. Students are taught by world leading experts within a culture that fosters intellectual curiosity and harnesses research and communication skills.
Our tailored and accredited professional courses are designed in partnership with key professional agencies with the aim of equipping students with the transferable skills that they need for professional practice.
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We provide a range of postgraduate programmes for pre-service and in-service teachers as well as educational leaders.
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Initial Teacher Education (PGCE)
Cognitive Behavioural Practice | PG Certificate
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy | PG Diploma
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma) | MSc
Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law | PG Diploma
Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law | MSc
Palliative Care | PG Diploma
Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders | PG Certificate
Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders | PG Diploma
Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders | MSc
Systemic Practice and Family Therapy | MSc
Systemic Practice and Family Therapy | PG Certificate
Systemic Practice and Family Therapy | PG Diploma
Systemic Psychotherapy | MSc
We also welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants for PhD study.
We offer a number of social science courses at postgraduate level.
Youth Justice | MSc
Youth Justice | PG Diploma
Social Science Research | MRes
Social Science Research | PG Diploma
Undertaking postgraduate study in SSESW offers students an opportunity to consolidate a range of highly transferable skills which can be applied to roles in any field. Our graduates are typically promoted to senior positions in training, management, and research across a range of diverse settings in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Our careers team offer one to one guidance, employability skills sessions, eg. CV writing and interview technique and job search advice. Careers and recruitment fairs and presentations from a variety of employers and alumni also help our students gain important insights to help shape their future career.
The Graduate School provides high-quality, transdisciplinary training and personal skills development programmes that aim to make our students stand out in an increasingly competitive local and global job market.
We have an active international postgraduate student body who, alongside all our students, seek to make a social difference in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. With their experience and expertise our International Student Ambassadors offer an insight into life and study at Queen's to those interested in applying.
Based in the beautifully restored and remodelled Victorian Lynn library, this fully-accessible exclusive postgraduate hub has modern, hi-tech meeting and group study rooms, a silent study area and social spaces creating a vibrant hub for intellectual exchange and collaboration.
"I have felt welcome at Queen's, right from day one. The friendly and extremely helpful university staff is something I cherish even today. Queen's has taken extra efforts to make us comfortable especially during the pandemic. Special mention to the accommodation staff and student leaders for their support and enthusiasm at keeping all our spirits high during this difficult time." Renu Gopalakrishnan
MEd Educational Studies
Where are they now?
Service Improvement Lead (Dementia)
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
PG Diploma Applied Social Studies
Statistics and Research Officer
NISRA at The Executive Office
BA (Hons) Criminology
MRes Social Science Research
NI Post-Primary School
PGCE Science (2021), Excellence in Teaching Award
Meet our Programme Directors
“MSc TESOL and Applied Linguistics provides a strong foundation in research and theory pertaining to language education and language use across a wide variety of contexts in our increasingly multilingual world.” Dr Mel Engman
TESOL and Applied Linguistics
“Through experiential learning, the online Palliative Care course will develop and enhance practitioner confidence and skills in the complex areas of living with life-limiting or chronic illness (malignant and non-malignant), attachment, loss and grief. It has been developed for social workers who are working with people who have palliative care needs, regardless of service user group or setting (i.e. children’s disability, physical or learning disability, primary care, addictions, mental health, prisons, homelessness, dementia care, integrated care teams, hospital, or palliative care teams." Professor Audrey Roulston
Social Work in Palliative Care
"We aim to provide students with excellent learning experiences to enhance their skills in both child and adult service settings. We hope students will leave the courses feeling better equipped to work compassionately and effectively with the many struggles individuals and families seek help with.” Dr Suzanne Mooney
Systemic Practice and Family Therapy