Taught course

Child and Youth Care Studies

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First degree or relevant professional qualification, or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study. You’ll also require sufficient access to child care settings through which you can evidence programme and practice requirements. However, these requirements are broad enough to allow those in external management, supervisory and training positions to do so.

Months of entry


Course content

Developed within the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), this programme has a fresh, engaging curriculum that covers globalised childhoods, international policy contexts, the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), bringing up children and research methods.

The programme is aimed at students with an interest in developing positive strategies for affirming and developing the professional identity of child and youth care practice. It draws from a variety of disciplines and approaches including child and youth care, social pedagogy, sociology, psychology, health, education, social work and social policy.

You'll develop theoretically informed, practice-based understanding of issues related to the social, political and cultural contexts of children and youth.

The programme considers and examines theoretical and policy contexts, child development in the lifespace, management and leadership, intervention methods, critical reflection, relational practice and research methods.

The role of the state, non-governmental agencies and private organisations in the provision of child welfare services will be examined along with the internationalisation of child welfare policy through developments such as UNCRC.

A range of approaches and traditions of child care practice will be considered, including child and youth care, social pedagogy, residential child care and social work.

Information for international students

The programme is delivered entirely online with no attendance required. Modules involve a range of individual and group tasks in addition to live online sessions where the student group will participate in online seminars.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

HaSS PGT Enquiries
0141 444 8600