Taught course

Child and Youth Care Studies

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course you require a 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 childcare settings through which you can evidence programme and practice requirements. This will involve working or volunteering in a childcare setting, either part-time or full-time, throughout the duration of the programme.

The course assessments will require you to:

  • analyse and reflect upon agency policy of your workplace/employer
  • undertake a case study assessment of a child or youth you are working with or have worked with
  • analyse and reflect upon issues of leadership and management in your agency
  • video yourself in practice with a child or youth and/or work colleague for the purpose of reflecting upon your communication skills and relational practice
  • plan and implement a possible intervention modification within your agency
  • plan and undertake a research project relevant to your agency/workplace

These requirements are designed in a way that makes the course accessible to everyone working in a childcare setting. They're also broad enough to allow those in external management and supervisory positions to do so.

The course is not suitable for anyone not currently working, volunteering or connected to a childcare setting. Evidencing this requirement will form part of the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

Developed in partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS), the programme has a fresh, engaging curriculum that 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 a 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, critical reflection, relational practice, management and leadership, intervention methods 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 the UNCRC. A range of approaches and traditions of childcare practice will be considered, including child and youth care, social pedagogy, residential childcare and social work.

Information for international students

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)141 444 8600