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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    typically 2/3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    £5,500 per year of study

    £5,500 per year of study

    £5,500 per year of study

    £10,600 per year of study

  • Last Updated

    03 May 2018

Course content

Our MSc Critical Youth & Community Studies course is ideal if you have a first degree or experience in youth and community practices and aspire to develop your knowledge and understanding of statutory or voluntary contexts.

Our course contributes to fulfilment of strong leadership and management youth and community practices and opens doors to communities around the world:

  • Youth Work
  • Community Work
  • Voluntary and Statutory Sector Interface or Intermediary Organisations
  • Community Activism
  • Social Enterprise
  • Teaching Artists
  • School-Community work
  • Creative Industries

The course offers three learning pathways for qualified, non-qualified and international students. It responds to demand for a masters-level qualification in a distinct and growing professional area, where high quality learning is supported by research that is recognised internationally and takes a similarly blended methodology in its teaching and learning methods.

The Postgraduate Certificate level of this course is recognised by CLD Standards Council for Scotland as a lead practitioner qualification.

Course Details

If you are studying full-time on our course then you will normally undertake three modules in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over one year - one year and a half, as required for the award of Master of Science.

If you are a part-time student then you will normally undertake one module in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over a period of two years – two and a half years, as required for the award of Master of Science.

A Postgraduate Certificate can be taken on successful completion of three modules, either as a discrete course or as the first step towards a Diploma, which also consists of three modules. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, you can undertake a capstone project or dissertation on a relevant topic.

Teaching & Assessment

Learning is either work-based or practice placed.

It is anticipated that you will be employed within an organisation that provides a relevant placement experience which will enable you to achieve the required learning outcomes within your own workplace.

If you are a full-time student and do not have relevant employment you will normally be placed by the University within an organisation for a defined period in each year of our course. The placement experience enables you to meet specific learning outcomes and a placement learning agreement is drawn up.

Assessment is through a combination of the following methods:

  • essays
  • assignments
  • individual presentations
  • group presentations

Career Prospects


Our Master's course opens doors to a range of career prospects in communities across the world, such as:

  • youth and community work
  • voluntary sector interface
  • community activism
  • social enterprise
  • teaching artists
  • school-community work
  • creative industries

Further Study

Following successful completion of your Degree you can then progress to PhD level study.

Visit the Critical Youth and Community Studies - MSc page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!





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