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Welcome to the School of Social Work and Social Policy

A warm welcome to the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. The School is proud to offer a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a range of opportunities for postgraduate research students. The School inherits a strong legacy based on over 80 years work in the Department of Social Studies and its focus on social work and social policy. The School has a long and continuing tradition of widely recognised excellence in social work education and also has a growing record of involvement in teaching and research in social policy stretching back to the 1960s. In research and teaching, the School seeks to contribute to building knowledge about how to respond more effectively to the social issues of our day. The range of disciplines and strengths in the School creates rich opportunities for synergies and collaborative 'joined-up' thinking about complex multi-dimensional issues.

On this website you will find information on courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. The site also provides details of our current Faculty and Administration staff, with links to our research, publications, public lectures and events. We hope that you find the School website interesting and informative. If you have any further queries or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Upcoming Events


  • The MSc in Disability Studies is pleased to invite you to the seminar “Sexual surveillance and control in a community based intellectual disability service” by Dr. Michael Feely, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD Date: Tuesday, 1st December Time: 5-6 pm Location: Room 3.04, 3 College Green More information here

A Conversation with Fr. Peter McVerry, S.J.

hosted by Patrick O’Dea, Assistant Professor in Social Work

Event Details:
Venue: Printing House Hall, Trinity College Dublin
Time: 6:30pm
Date: November 26, 2015,

All are welcome to attend

Please RSVP to to reserve your place


Latest News

The School of Social Work and Social Policy is delighted to host 'A Conversation with Fr.Peter McVerry, S.J.'

To mark the award of the Honorary Doctor in Laws (LL.D) by Trinity College Dublin to Fr. Peter McVerry, S.J. The School is delighted to host 'A Conversation with Fr. Peter McVerry, S.J.' Full details are available here

Congratulations to students who graduated from Trinity College Dublin’s first exclusively online education programme

Graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, which is delivered entirely online using a virtual learning environment, attended a graduation ceremony in Trinity’s historic campus on Friday, November 13, 2015. Read more....

A Path-Breaking Contribution to Tackling Loneliness and Depression in Institutional Care for Older Adults published by Professor Virpi Timonen

Virpi Timonen and a PhD student at the University of British Colombia, along with other members of student’s supervisory panel, publish a path-breaking contribution to tackling loneliness and depression in institutional care for older adults, through resident engagement and peer support. Further details are available and link to the full article is here

Last updated 25 November 2015 Social Work & Social Policy (Email).