Child & Youth Studies

Why take this course?
The MA in Child and Youth Studies aims to equip highly competent and motivated child and youth workers and graduates of cognate disciplines with the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the profession and to advance the field to internationally accepted standards of best practice. The programme has both a theoretical and practice-based focus.

What will I experience?
Graduates of the programme will:

· have a specialised knowledge of child development and risk and resilience

· have advanced knowledge of the legislative framework affecting children and youth

· appreciate and advocate the rights approach to the practice of child and youth work

· have specific training in management of child and youth settings

· be prepared to conduct, and to evaluate, research in relation to children and youth.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Research Methods
Models of Care
Child and Youth Law
Therapeutic Approaches and Interventions
Children's Rights
Management in Child and Youth Settings
Research Dissertation

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
Students are expected to have a minimum of an Honours Bachelor degree (level 8) at grade 2.2 in child/ youth studies, social care or cognate discipline. Candidates with qualifications in social disciplines and relevant work experience will be eligible for the programme.


This course is offered as a 1 Year Full-time and 2 Years Part-time course.

Enrolment dates

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Post Course Info

What opportunities might it lead to?
Graduates of the programme can reasonably expect to rise to advanced positions within the child and youth sector and to be in a position to consider a more diverse range of career opportunities than those available to Bachelor degree level graduates. For example, in addition to the traditional roles of child and youth workers, graduates of the programme will be well equipped to take on professional roles in child and youth advocacy, in developing intervention based programmes, in conducting research and evaluating the effectiveness of programmes and in managerial, advisory and policy-development roles within the sector.

It is expected that graduates of the programme will be at the forefront of the development of the child and youth sector, in particular, in the context of its increasingly rights-based, legislative and research-based framework.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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