M.A. On Campus

Child, Youth and Family Studies

12 months
5500 EUR/year
5500 EUR/year
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The Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Institute of Technology Carlow provides learners with a range of critical and analytical tools to enable them to manage and lead services that develop the potential of children, youth and families and envision new possibilities for better service provision in the sector. 


The Child, Youth and Family Studies programme at Institute of Technology Carlow is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the sector and to provide future leaders of Child, Youth and Family services in Ireland and abroad. The programme aims to educate learners to high levels of contemporary and comparative theoretical awareness in fields central to services provision (transitions across the lifespan, cultural diversity, youth and families) and to create an atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and writing.

Learners will develop a deep and integrated knowledge of contemporary child, youth and family theory and practice, and the sector within which child, youth and family services operate.

Note: Please be aware that some of the modules on this programme are taught in the evening. If you wish to complete the programme as a full-time student, you must complete both the day and evening modules in one academic year.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?

Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to the development and planning of such services. Graduates will be in a position to critically evaluate existing services and programmes and to visualise future possibilities for better service provision.

Programme Structure


  • Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Perspectives on Family and Society
  • Leadership, Strategy and Governance
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

Programme participants are required to hold a Level 8 degree (with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours) in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Applied Social Studies
  • Social and Community Studies
  • Youth and Community

or a primary Level 8 degree in Social Sciences or cognate area (minimum 2nd class honours).

  • Candidates with significant experience in the social sciences (as determined by IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry. Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Carlow

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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