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Child & Youth Studies

Graduates of this programme can reasonably expect to rise to advanced positions within the child and youth sector.

Aim of Programme
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. As a graduate of this programme, you will have a specialised knowledge of child development, risk and resilience, and advanced knowledge of the legislative framework affecting children and youth.

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 Level 8 Bachelor (Hons) 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.

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.


2 years: 24 weeks per annum, Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Oliver Hegarty

t: 090 6483050

Subjects taught

• 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, NFQ Level 9

Course fee

Programme Fee €2,950 per annum

Enrolment and start dates

Contact Athlone IT for next course start date.

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