Taught course

Child and Youth Care Studies

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A first degree or relevant professional qualification, or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study.

Participants will also require sufficient access to child care settings through which they can evidence practice requirements. However, these requirements are broad enough to allow those in external management, supervisory and education/training positions to do so.

You will need to have access to a device/computer with sufficient processing capability and an excellent broadband connection.

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

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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