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    This programme is not eligible for Free Fees. Programme fees €5,500.

What is the Masters course about?

The Master of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies will provide learners with critical thinking tools to enable them to manage and lead services that develop the potential of children, youth and families and visualise new possibilities for better service provision in the sector. This programme is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the sector and to provide future leaders of child, youth and family services in Ireland and abroad. The programme will provide learners with critical understanding of concepts and approaches to enabling individuals and groups to realise their potential as human persons and participative communities. The programme aims to educate learners to high levels of contemporary and comparative theoretical awareness in fields central to services provision (transitions across the life span, cultural diversity, youth and families) and to create an atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and writing. Learners will develop a deep and integrated knowledge of contemporary Child, Youth and Family theory and practice, and the sector within which Child, Youth and Family services operate.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
Graduates from the Programme will be:
• Knowledgeable
• Analytical & Creative
• Ethical & Responsible Future Leaders
• Research Literate
• Critical Thinkers
• Collaborative

Graduates will be equipped to manage and lead Child, Youth & Family organisations. They will be able to contribute to and develop the strategy of that organisation and will take up positions as the future leaders of such organisations. Potential employers include:
• Community based organisations and projects both at a voluntary and statutory capacity
• National rights focused organisations and advisory groups
• Family support services
• Services catering for the care, education and advocacy of children and families in society.

Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to development and planning for such services. Graduates will be in a position to critically evaluate existing services and programmes and to visualise future possibilities for better service provision. The programme will meet the needs of professionals who are already working in the area of social care/work, early education, youth and family work and related areas. It will also serve to provide new graduates with a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge prior to embarking on a career in these fields or in the field of academia.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates of the programme may progress to a PhD programme of study in the discipline areas, in Ireland or abroad. Graduates of the programme may also be eligible to progress to a professional doctorate in the field of Child, Youth and Family Studies in both Irish and international Institutions.

What subjects will I study?
Contemporary Issues in Childhood & Youth
Applied Psychology
Perspectives on Family & Society
Leadership, Strategy & Governance
Research Methods & Dissertation

Plus Two Electives (subject to availability):
Youth Justice
Child & Family Rights
Addiction Studies
Adult & Community Education

What are the entry requirements?

Level 8 Degree (minimum 2nd class Honours) in:
• Early Childhood Education & Care
• Applied Social Studies
• Social & Community Studies
• Youth & Community Work
• Social Sciences or cognate area

Candidates with significant experience in the social sciences [as determined by IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy], in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than that listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


Dr. Eileen Doyle-Walsh
BA, MLitt, PhD
Programme Director

Allison Kenneally
BCL, BA, LLM, PgCert
Head of Department
T: 059-9175300

Visit the MA in Child, Youth & Family Studies CW709 page on the Institute of Technology, Carlow website for more details!




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