The Applied Social Studies programmes are designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of those staff working in the care professions (social work, psychology, education, nursing, teaching, medicine, etc).
With the current emphasis on a flexible, accessible, streamlined and seamless post-qualifying continuum, and one that aims to offer a more continuous range of opportunities for progression, we offer a range of modules and courses within an overall PG Certificate/PG Diploma/MSc programme.
The programmes present opportunities to study a range of areas including direct practice in child care, management and leadership within organisations and adult mental health at postgraduate level. In addition, they aim to maintain educational coherence whilst covering diversity and choice.
You can access a range of modules that accumulate into an award, affording the flexibility to work within their own time schedules.
This PG Certificate in Dual Diagnosis is intended to enable practitioners who work in health and social care settings to develop the range of knowledge and skills associated with a higher level competence in a specific area of work.
Applied Social Studies - Dual Diagnosis highlights
For Social Work candidates only the Certificate meets all six of the professional requirements in the 'Specific' category in the Professional in Practice framework, and on completion candidates will be conferred with the Specific Award.
- The Applied Social Studies programmes have been accredited by the Northern Ireland Professional in Practice Education and Training Partnership and offer a range of professional awards and requirements at the specific, specialist and leadership levels.
- For all workers, the programme reflects the principles of recent policy in relation to working with drugs and alcohol and mental health within Northern Ireland and the UK contexts. For social workers, the programmes reflect the Department of Health policy in relation to social work and social care training and development (The Personal Social Services Development and Training Strategy, 2006-16), including links with the Northern Ireland Professional in Practice Education and Training Partnership's professional requirements and awards in the three categories: specific, specialist and leadership.
- Professional DevelopmentFor multi-disciplinary applicants the programmes offer relevant CPD opportunities as well as recognised qualifications accredited by the University which will augment their professional development and enhance the development of further opportunities in their chosen field of practice.
- The Dual Diagnosos programme is delivered on a multi-disciplinary basis with tutors from the social work, nursing, mental health and addictions specialist professions.
- Each pathway leader has developed and nurtured their subject proficiency via their own practice, teaching and research in relation to their specialist area and they impart this trilateral expertise to the students via teaching on the Applied Social Studies programme.
'The pathways offered through the Applied Social Studies programme provide graduates from social work, health care and allied professions with a variety of opportunities to develop their specific areas of learning and skills in practice. Increasingly, our graduates operate within teams which consist of workers from a range of professional backgrounds and there is a need to hone skills and knowledge which are relevant to the multi-disciplinary environment."
Dr Anne Campbell, Programme Director