Community & Youth Work

The MA in Community and Youth Work is an integrated programme of professional education and training in both community work and youth work. The programme is underpinned by a human rights/social justice perspective and places equal emphasis on the development of professional skills and ability and on academic excellence in the social sciences. It prepares students for roles in community development and youth work settings and also for associated roles in equality and human rights work, in development work at all levels from local to international, and in both civil society (voluntary/NGO) and statutory organisations. The programme is professionally endorsed by both the North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS) and the All- Ireland Endorsement Body for Community Work (AIEB).

Entry requirements

Normally an honours (level 8) primary degree in one or more of the social sciences (other subject areas may also be considered) and experience or demonstrated interest in community or youth organisations or projects, issues or campaigns. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHB54: 2 years Full-time
MHB55: 3 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of the programme are critical thinkers engaged professionally at all levels in leadership positions in the fields of community development and youth work and a variety of areas such as development, policy analysis and research, organizational leadership in NGOs and statutory organisations.

Further enquiries

Programme Co-ordinator: Marianne O' Shea
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3743 / 4574

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include substantial fieldwork placements and visits, community and youth work theory and practice, equality and human rights studies, youth and community arts, public administration, group work, social policy, social theory and comparative international studies.


Since its inception in 1981, the Department has earned an unrivalled reputation for its education and training with graduates occupying positions at all levels in community organisations, youth projects, social justice, equality and human rights initiatives, local national and international NGOs, local and national authorities and institutions.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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