Child Youth & Community

Responding to this strong sectoral need, the MA, PDip in Child, Youth and Community offers a specific skillset in programme planning and evaluation. It is a flagship teaching programme of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre within the Discipline of Applied Social Science


1. The programme offers a flexible one year full-time or two-year part-time blended learning approach, with placement and fieldwork opportunities.

2. Graduates become proficient in programme planning, monitoring and evaluation methodologies in the context of child, youth and community services.

3. It is based in a UNESCO affiliated Research Centre with a dynamic research programme focused on 'what works' in the real world of policy and practice and on utilising community and rights-based approaches to working with and for children and youth.

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

WHEN TO APPLY: University of 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
Upon graduation, students will have the necessary knowledge and a skill-set in research and evaluation, human rights based programme planning and advocacy, and communication and innovative thinking in the context of child, youth and community services. Typically, graduates will seek employment and leadership roles in areas such as youth work, child welfare, community development, national or international public administration, advocacy or research.

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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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