Taught course

Youth Justice

Queen's University Belfast · School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a social science or related discipline. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinators for advice.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme Content

The advanced study offered in this programme develops critical understanding and analysis of issues relating to youth crime and justice. Analytical and research skills will also be developed through a range of modules and students will harness skills in communicating complex information in an accessible form.

PG Certificate students must undertake all core modules and obtain 60 credits at M level. PG Diploma students must obtain 120 credits at M level. To be awarded a Masters degree, students must obtain a further 60 credits via the completion of a dissertation.

Core modules

  • Childhood and Youth: Research and Practice
  • Children's Rights and Youth Justice
  • Introduction to Social Research: Theory, Practice, Methods
  • Perspectives on Childhood and Youth
  • Youth Justice: Theory and Practice
  • Youth Studies: Key Issues and Perspectives

Plus dissertation (MSc only)

Optional modules include:

  • Childhood Adversity
  • Childhood Interventions
  • Children's Rights
  • Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland
  • Perspectives in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth
  • Quantitative Research in Childhood and Youth

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


full time
9 months
part time
27 months


full time
8 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Nicola Carr or Dr Siobhán McAlister
028 9097 5117