Taught course

Young People, Social Inclusion & Change

University of Glasgow · School of Education

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme introduces the key issues and decision-making processes that impact on young people’s lives across contexts including education, leisure, training and the labour market, housing and household information.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme is aimed at early and mid-career professionals who wish to explore how young people's lives are changing in modern societies and the ways they are affected by the processes of social change.
  • You will be taught by researchers in the field of youth and young adults and have experience working with organisations such as the UN, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UK local and national government and the Scottish Government.
  • You will study the contexts and factors which impact on young people's decision-making related to for example education, training, work and leisure.
  • The programme also provides a strong basis for further study, focusing on international and UK perspectives of youth.
  • It is of further value to students who wish to gain an insight into different groups of young people such as those with mental health issues, teenage parents, young carers, homeless young people and those looked after by local authorities.

Programme Structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and a dissertation. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to investigate an area of young people’s lives in-depth. You are encouraged to follow your own interests in the design of the dissertation, which will be fully supported by a supervisor.

Core courses

  • Introduction to education and social research
  • Perspectives on youth and young adulthood
  • Modern educational thought
  • Young people, learning and development.

Optional courses

  • Curriculum development in adult education
  • Developing literacy
  • Educational approaches to community learning & development
  • Empowerment strategies for community learning & development
  • Identities, relationships and behaviours
  • Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies
  • International & comparative education
  • International issues in adult & continuing education
  • Managing change *
  • Managing innovation and creativity *
  • Marketing management *
  • Models of community & development
  • Neoliberal globalisation and world Inequality since the 1970s
  • Project management *
  • Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
  • Sexualities and society
  • Social theories for community learning & development
  • The disabling society
  • The evolving concept of inclusion
  • The impact of problem drug use on children & families
  • The learner & the curriculum
  • The psychology of adult learning
  • Understanding public policy.

* Please note: These courses are offered by the Adam Smith Business School and are 10 credits each (as opposed to 20) and need to be taken in pairs.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Lesley Doyle