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.
We provide a range of postgraduate programmes for pre-service and in-service teachers as well as educational leaders.
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
Social Work for Children, Young People and Families | PG Certificate
Social Work for Children, Young People and Families | PG Diploma
Social Work for Children, Young People and Families | MSc
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.
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.
"The course provided me with detailed knowledge regarding the concepts and principles of behaviour analysis, as well as the knowledge and importance of assessments. It also helped me further understand what triggers certain behaviours and how I can successfully modify them." Christiana Axiak (Malta)
Applied Behaviour Analysis
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Meet our Programme Directors
"The Specialist MSc in CBT (Trauma) is designed to train staff in the treatment of PTSD and trauma related disorders using psychological therapies that have a strong evidence base. The course will help to increase the skill base of mental health staff to practice at this specialist level." Dr Michael Duffy
Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programmes
"The MSc TESOL is brought to you via online and face-to-face modes. you will explore the fundamentals of language teaching, the processes of learning and teaching languages, and the study of language itself. We focus on both theory and practice, and will help you develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct research in a language education context, and be part of a vibrant and internationally experienced community of language education scholars and teachers." Dr Ibrar Bhatt
Lecturer in Education
MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
"The IPGCE course is delivered online. Students taking the course come from a wide range of countries and contexts and we welcome this collaborative learning. Placement schools and block placements are the best way to link theory and practice and students are really enthusiastic about completing time in a school setting." Dr Jennifer Roberts
Lecturer in Education
International Postgraduate Certificate in Education
“The MSc in Youth Justice provides an opportunity for recent graduates, and those working in policy and practice, to enhance their understanding of contemporary youth issues, system responses to young people and the discourse of children’s rights. Importantly, it aims to enhance the ability of students to apply their learning to policy, practice and research through auditing rights compliance, designing research tools, writing comment pieces/blogs and carrying out their own research on an area of youth justice, youth policy or youth practice.” Dr Siobhán McAlister
Lecturer in Criminology