Master of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • 1 Year Full-time/2 Years Part-time
  • Carlow/Wicklow/Wexford
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies (Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact

Overview

The Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies will provide learners with a range of critical and analytical tools to enable them to manage and lead services that develop the potential of children, youth and families and envision new possibilities for better service provision in the sector. The 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 a critical understanding of concepts and enabling approaches that
facilitate individuals in realising their potential and encourage groups to function within 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 lifespan, 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 programme?

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 and Family organisations. They will be able to contribute to and develop the strategy of an organisation and will take up positions as the future leaders of such organisations.
 

What subjects will I study?

  • Contemporary Issues in Childhood & Youth Studies
  • 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

Entry Requirements

Course participants are required to hold a Level 8 degree (with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours) in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education & Care
  • Applied Social Studies
  • Social & Community Studies
  • Youth & Community

or a primary Level 8 degree in Social Sciences or cognate area (minimum 2nd class honours). 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 those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis
and in accordance with IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the IT Carlow website for further information.

Study & Career Opportunities

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.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies is an embedded exit award (Level 9 - 60 credits).

Graduates of this programme may find employment in some of the following areas; 

  • Community based organisations and projects whether voluntary or statutory
  • 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 the development and planning of services. Graduates will be in a position to critically evaluate existing services and programmes and to visualise future possibilities for better service provision.

 

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWB03 Master of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies Carlow Full-time €5,500 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
CWL09 Master of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies  Carlow Part-time €7,400*  
CWX01 Master of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies  Wexford Part-time  €7,400*  
CWW01 Master of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies  Wicklow Part-time  €7,400*  
CWBO4 Postgraduate Diploma of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies Carlow Full-time €4,800  
CWX02 Postgraduate Diploma of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies  Wexford Part-time €5,500  
CWL10 Postgraduate Diploma of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies  Carlow Part-time €5,500  
CWW02 Postgraduate Diploma of Arts in Child, Youth & Family Studies  Wicklow Part-time €5,500  
  * Fees for ITC Major Award graduates  only €5,500        
           
           

How to apply


  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies@itcarlow.ie.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the IT Carlow website for further information.

Contact

Full-time applicants may contact:
Dr Eileen Doyle-Walsh
BA, MLitt, PhD
Head of Department- Humanities
P: 059 917 5347
E:  eileen.doyle@itcarlow.ie


Part-time applicants may contact:
Faculty of Lifelong Learning
E: LLL@itcarlow.ie
P: 059 917 5280

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
E: international@itcarlow.ie      
P: 00353- 59-9175205