Taught course

Advanced Residential Child Care

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (minimum 360 SCQF credit points) or equivalent qualifications and experience Students with professional or academic qualifications other than social work will be considered Applicants must be working in a residential childcare setting in Scotland.


Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care has been developed within the School of Social Work and Social Policy alongside the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.

The course is unique in the UK in offering a Masters-level award specifically in residential child care.

By taking this course, you can expect to experience development in your knowledge, skills and relational capacities in practice. You can also expect to contribute to professional leadership, practice development and research and evaluation in your own agency and possibly beyond.

Core modules include Critical Perspectives on Residential Child Care; Understanding & Assessing in Children’s Life-spaces; Ethical Leadership and Management in Residential Child Care; Skilled and Reflective Use of Self in Residential Child Care. 

Information for international students

This programme isn't open to international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Fees for this programme are paid through a Scottish Government grant award (subject to continued funding) to the Centre for Looked After Children (CELCIS). No charges apply to students employed in residential child care settings in Scotland.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment57
Professional practice10
Dissertation33 (5000 words)

Course contact details

HaSS PGT Enquiries
0141 444 8600