Government Supported Places Announced

Masters programmes in Social Sciences and Law

 

Following the Government announcement by Minister Harrris launching over 14,000 free Higher Education places to help people get back to work and upskill workers, UCD College of Social Sciences and Law is pleased to announce additional places have been made available on selected taught graduate programmes in support of this national objective to address the skills needs of the economy. 

The closing date for all funding applications is Friday, December 4th, 2020.

Eligible participants must have at least a level 8 qualification or equivalent prior to acceptance onto a course and must be entitled to EU Fee status. Exact academic eligibility requirements will be determined by individual programmes depending on the nature of the course listed below. 

  • All Programmes will commence in January 2021.
  • All programmes are Full Time
  • Places may not be deferred
  • Learners can only be registered on one publicly funded higher education course whether that be Springboard+, HCI Pillar 1 or July Stimulus Postgraduate or Modular courses.  Learners are not permitted to be registered on two courses in one academic year. 
  • Refer to the Eligibility for Fees support criteria below. Applicants will need to identify with one of the four categories outlined and not be in receipt of Social welfare or BTEA in order to apply.     

Applications are now open for the following postgraduate courses in UCD College of Social Sciences and Law. Further information on applying to a UCD programme is available here

During your application, you will be asked if you wish to apply for fees support under the July stimulus initiative. This will bring you to a separate application form. Please complete this form fully, and upload your relevant supporting documentation A guide to the separate application is available here

For queries about applications for fee support, please contact barbara.craig@ucd.ie

Applications will open for the following postgraduate courses in UCD College of Social Sciences and Law: (Programme details listed below but applications will be for admission in January 2021).

UCD School of Geography

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law Interdisciplinary Programme

UCD School of Information & Communication Studies

UCD School of Politics & International Relations

UCD School of Sociology

UCD Sutherland School of Law

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Recent Graduates (2020)

Full- time Postgraduate courses are open to recent graduates. However, to participate in these courses, 2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.

The Employed

Applicants who are employed will need to meet the residency requirements, i.e. that the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ or other relevant revenue documentation. Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.

Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

To be eligible the applicant must have been:

  • A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months prior to their application
  • Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme
  • In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.
  • Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for attesting to their status.

It should be noted that acceptance on to a postgraduate course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports. Returners will not pay any course fees.

Formerly Self-employed

To be eligible those who are formerly self-employed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

Alternatively, a participant can swear a declaration stating that they are no longer self-employed. Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.

 

 

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