Taught course

Critical Youth and Community Studies

University of the West of Scotland · School of Education

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree in a subject relevant to your professional role.

Exceptions may apply if you do not possess a first degree, but can demonstrate, through recognition of prior or experiential learning, that you have relevant work/professional experience in a youth and community context involving critical or informal education or in managing associated disciplinary areas.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Critical Youth & Community Studies course is ideal if you have a first degree or experience in youth and community practices and aspire to develop your knowledge and understanding of statutory or voluntary contexts.

Our course contributes to fulfilment of strong leadership and management youth and community practices and opens doors to communities around the world:

  • Youth Work
  • Community Work
  • Voluntary and Statutory Sector Interface or Intermediary Organisations
  • Community Activism
  • Social Enterprise
  • Teaching Artists
  • School-Community work
  • Creative Industries

The course offers three learning pathways for qualified, non-qualified and international students. It responds to demand for a masters-level qualification in a distinct and growing professional area, where high quality learning is supported by research that is recognised internationally and takes a similarly blended methodology in its teaching and learning methods.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Annette Coburn