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Children & Youth Studies

MSc Children & Youth Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc in Children and Youth Studies is an inter-disciplinary programme specialising in research, policy and practice in relation to children and young people.

Set in the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the programme explores key aspects of the welfare and well-being of children and young people from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It does so recognising the complexity and inter-dependence of issues facing contemporary childhoods and youth. The programme encourages students to develop along a trajectory of critical thinking and independent learning through a series of tailored reading programmes matched to programme aims. Content is covered through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, seminars and tutorials with a strong emphasis on collaborative group work and active learning, including the use of on-line resources and discussion. A range of assessment strategies are incoroprated including essay, presentation, mind mapping and group project work.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This is suited to those working with children and young people across a range of professional and public services including education, psychology, social work, health, law, social policy, NGO and research settings. It is especially relevant to those who are interested in holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches to improving the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people.

Programme outcomes:
On completion, students should: 1. Demonstrate detailed conceptual knowledge and understanding of the field of childhood and youth related research and childhood as a social phenomenon and draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives.
2. Show critical awareness of current policy and practice in relation to children's rights, (especially as articulated in the UNCRC) and well-being and its application to a range of contexts across education, health and other sectors.
3. Show critical awareness of the cognitive, social and personal development of children and young people and how concepts related to time, space, generation, agency, structure and identities shape understanding of children's everyday lives.
4. Deepen insights and critically consider issues of equality and social justice in the experiences of different groups of children and young people across a range of settings and contexts.
5. Show familiarity with the concepts of agency and competency of children and young people and critically consider implications for their active participation and voice across a range of settings.
6. Show critical awareness of debates policy and practice working with diverse groups of children including those with additional support needs, migrant children, and children across different cultural, economic and societal contexts.
7. Show familiarity with the main research traditions in researching the lives of children and young people, including quantitative qualitative and mixed methodological approaches, as well as child participatory approaches that prioritize children.
8. Demonstrate familiarity with the Growing Up In Ireland data sets (quantitative and qualitative) and capacity to analyse and apply findings in the context of international studies.
9. Be thoroughly familiar with ethical issues in relation to research with children and young people.
10. Have the ability to integrate knowledge and to reflect on wider disciplinary, scientific, professional, social and ethical responsibilities in conducting a research dissertation on a defined aspect of the lives of children and young people.
11. Demonstrate and develop skills in self-directed and autonomous/self-directed learning through the completion of academic assignments and reports.
12. Develop appropriate academic writing and communicative skills, engage in group work and presentation of core ideas, concepts and research findings.

Entry requirements

Candidates applying to this programme will normally hold an honours degree at undergraduate level from a recognized higher education institution. Admission to this course is subject to an interview. We welcome international applicants and advise that applicants, whose first language is not English, should have an IELTS overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6, or equivalent. Only applicants who have met the English language results will be considered.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Contact Name: Larissa Lamb
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 7968

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Children's Rights & Participation

Research Methods

Data Analysis

Children & Youth Dissertation

Stage 1 - Option
Responding to the Additional Support Needs of Learners : Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Child Development

Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology

Equalities and Social Justice for Children

Philosophical Perspectives on Education and Childhood

Children's Literature

Mindfulness for Schools: Learning from the Inside Out

Mental Health & Wellbeing

History of Childhood&Learning

Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture

Stardom, Celebrity & Media Culture

Geographies of the Global Sth

International Political Theory

Theory of Human Rights

Gender and Globalisation

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

MSc Children & Youth Studies FT (W242)
MSc Children & Youth Studies PT (W243)

Course fee

MSc Children & Youth Studies (W242) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7455
non-EU fee per year - € 18700

MSc Children & Youth Studies (W243) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4815
non-EU fee per year - € 9350

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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