Taught course

Advanced Residential Child Care

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Degree (minimum 360 SCQF credit points) or equivalent qualifications and experience.

Students with professional or academic qualifications other than social work will be considered.

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

Current employment in residential child care or closely cognate setting (e.g. Care Inspectorate, training or education of residential child care practitioners), along with at least a year of experience working in residential child care.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is unique in the UK in offering a Masters-level award specifically in residential child care. It has been developed to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.

Consensus is growing that residential child care practice is complex, challenging and requires requisite knowledge, skills and capacities of the workforce. If children and young people are to have positive care experiences which improve their life chances, then those who care for them, and those who support those who care for them, must be supported in developing and maintaining that knowledge.

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 Children’s Care & Protection to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.

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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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