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Child & Youth Studies

This programme equips learners with the skills necessary to specialise in the field of child and youth studies

Aim of Course
Social care is an evolving sector which addresses the needs of people who experience marginalisation or disadvantage or who have ‘special needs’. One of the largest sub-disciplines within this sector is that of child and youth care. Child and youth care workers work with children who are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential, or who already have experienced difficulties in development, as a result of social disadvantage.

Over the past ten years the needs and circumstances of clients and the forms of care have changed considerably. Some of the current challenges for the profession include the evolution of specialisations in therapeutic approaches, the development of a multidisciplinary approach to the care of children and youth, and an appreciation of an increasingly rights-based approach to policy and practice. The MA in Child and Youth Care will equip you with the skills necessary to become a leader in the profession and to advance the field of child and youth care to internationally accepted standards of best practice.

As a graduate of this programme, you will have a specialised knowledge of child development, risk and resilience; will appreciate and advocate the rights approach to the care of children and youth; and will be in a position to develop empirically-based intervention programmes for children and young people. The programme will promote a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the care of the young, and will make a significant contribution to the move from crisis-based approaches to early intervention and prevention of problems.

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Degree (Level 8) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care at grade 2.2 or an approved equivalent qualification
Applicants who hold a 2.2 grade Honours Degree or higher in a cognate discipline may also be considered


2 years: 24 weeks per year Tuesday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this course may be eligible to pursue postgraduate training and research leading to Masters and PhD (NFQ Levels 9 and 10) qualifications.

Further enquiries

Oliver Hegarty

Subjects taught

Course Content
• Research Methods
• Models of Care
• Child and Youth Law
• Therapeutic Approaches and Interventions
• Management in Child and Youth Care
• Research Dissertation


Master of Arts in Child and Youth Studies

Course fee

Course Fee
€2,950 per annum

Enrolment and start dates

Commencing September 2017

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