Child Youth & Community

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This MA, with a focus on programme planning and evaluation, is the first of its kind in Ireland. Professionals involved in the delivery of services to children, youth and communities are increasingly required by funders and central government to provide scientific, robust evidence, to measure the social impact of these interventions. This flexible one-year full-time/two-year part-time blended learning MA Programme, will enable students to be proficient in programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation methodologies in the context of child, youth and community services. The programme will allow students space to critically engage with the discourses and debates on 'evidence' and explore, through their integrated assessments, new lines of research and the accommodation of both in the real world of practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants will require a NQAI Level 8 degree, upper Second Class Honours (2.1), or equivalent, in child, youth and family studies, sociology, psychology or a cognate discipline. Where applicants do not meet the formal academic requirements they can apply for entry through the university's Recognition for Prior Learning Policy.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.

MA: 1MCY1; PDip: 1MCY3; part-time mode 1MCY2.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
The programme is designed for professionals already working in the community, voluntary, or allied sectors and for those who have a specific expertise in, or understanding of, the lives of children, youth and communities, and who wish to acquire a specialised Level 9 qualification which will 'add value' to their existing qualifications and enable them progress to leadership roles within their careers.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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