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Welcome to UCD School of Applied Social Science – centre of excellence for research, teaching and professional training in social policy and social work. We offer diverse programmes including BSocSc, H.Dips, certificate and diploma courses in drugs/alcohol work, CPD modules, MSocSc and PhDs in social work and social policy (e.g. housing, family, child welfare, health care, and migration). Download UCD Social Science Booklet


Our colleague, Dr Mary Allen passed away on the 25th June, 2013. She will be sorely missed.


Dr Muireann Ní Raghallaigh contributed to a blogathon organised by

The blogathon was organised on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the introduction of the direct provision system for asylum seekers in Ireland.

Applications now being taken for the Community, Drugs and Health stream: Master of Public Policy Degree, UCD.

Drug and alcohol misuse is one of the biggest social issues facing Irish society, with impacts on families, well-being, crime, education, and health spheres. The Community, Drugs and Health Policy Stream of the Masters in Public Policy at UCD provides a relevant course of study for those seeking to build or develop leadership, policy or a research career in the area of drug and alcohol work.

Call for Abstracts: ‘Exploring the potential of restorative justice for sexual violence: the need for an integrated response’ (12-14 November 2014, University of Leuven, Belgium)

This is the final conference of the EC DAPHNE-funded project (JUST/2011/DAP/3350):‘Developing integrated responses to sexual violence: An interdisciplinary research project on the potential of restorative justice’. Abstracts (max 300 words) are now invited for conference papers. The closing date for submission of abstracts is 30th June 2014.

"Training interventions for improving older persons' care"

Special Talk by Dr Alastair Ross (Psychologist and Lecturer in Behavioural Science at Glasgow Dental School)

Head of School _Prof B Fanning

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