Our MSc offers a pioneering new programme that contributes to youth and community practices that promote equality, human flourishing, participation and social justice. This MSc brings three interlinked routes to professional qualification and to CPD or International Masters.
Full-time students will normally undertake three modules in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over one 12 -18 month period, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice and through a critical pedagogy stance.
Part-time students will normally undertake one module in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over a period of 24 – 30 months, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice learning.
A Postgraduate Certificate can be taken on successful completion of three modules, either as a discrete programme or as the first step towards a Diploma, which also consists of three modules. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, interested participants can undertake a capstone project or dissertation on a relevant topic.
Required for the award of PG Certificate in Community Education (CYCS) (CLD Approved Qualification):
Researching Communities (20 Credits) and Community Practice Learning (40 Credits)
Required for the award of PG Certificate in Critical Youth and Community Studies (Non-Qualifying Route):
Researching Communities (20 Credits) and two x (20 credit) Option Modules*1
In addition to the above, the following modules are required for the award of PG Diploma in Critical Youth and Community Studies:
Strategic Leadership (20 Credits) and two x (20 credit) Option Modules*1
In addition to the above, the award of MSc in Critical Youth and Community Studies will be conferred on successful completion of:
One x (60 credit) Capstone Project or Dissertation
There is a Practice Learning Component for students engaged in the PG Certificate Route seeking a CLDSC Approved qualification. Students who are not seeking to graduate with a CLD qualification do not need to undertake Practice Learning.
Students who successfully complete their Degree can progress to PhD level study.
Delivery: Delivered in English the MSc takes a blended approach to learning (mix of taught on-campus classes/tutorials, and use of virtual learning environment)
Advisement and Support: Students are assigned a faculty member (for the duration of programme) as an advisor for programme support and career advisement (Personal and Professional Planning).
This PG Certificate Level of the MSC in CYCS is recognised as a qualifying programme, approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland and is recognised as a lead practitioner qualification.
This Masters open doors to a range of career prospects in communities across the world.
Voluntary and Statutory Sector Interface or Intermediary Organisations
Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
Successful applicants will be required to join the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. Please refer to http://www.scotland.gov.uk
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