Child, Youth and Community, Master | University of Galway | Galway, Ireland
MA/PDip On Campus

Child, Youth and Community

12 months
13240 EUR/year
6850 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Child, Youth and Community programme of the University of Galway with an emphasis on programme planning and evaluation, is the first of its kind in Ireland. It was developed by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the School of Political Science and Sociology.


This Child, Youth and Community programme of the University of Galway emerges from the Centre’s core disciplinary orientation, Applied Social Science, and its dynamic research programme focused on ‘what works’ in the real world of policy and practice when working with and for children, youth and their communities.

Professionals involved in the delivery of services to children, young people and communities are increasingly required by funders and central government to provide scientific, robust evidence, measuring the social impact of their interventions. With an emphasis on community and rights based approaches, this one year full-time / two-year part-time blended learning MA Programme, will enable students to be proficient in programme planning, monitoring and evaluation methodologies in the context of child, youth and community services. The programme will allow students space to critically engage with the discourses and debates on ‘evidence’ and explore new lines of research and evidence to accommodate both in the real world of practice.


The programme is designed for professionals already working in the community, voluntary or allied sectors and for those who have a specific expertise in, or understanding of the lives of children and youth and communities, and who wish to acquire a specialised Level 9 qualification which will ‘add value’ to their existing qualifications and enable them progress to leadership roles within their careers.

The MA provides students with the opportunity to develop skills-sets that are in high demand. It is designed to respond to the needs of a funding dependent sector and meet the growing national and international donor requirement, to comply with rights-based approaches and provide scientific, robust evidence to measure the impact of social interventions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Programme Planning and Evaluation
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Research Workshop
  • Community Development and Organising
  • Gender, Sexuality and Global Health

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants will require a NQAI Level 8 degree, Second Class Honours, or equivalent, with a 2:1 in child, youth and family studies, sociology, psychology or a cognate discipline. Where applicants do not meet the formal academic requirements they can apply for entry through the University’s Recognition for Prior Learning Policy.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13240 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13240 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6850 EUR per year during 12 months.

EU: €3,465 part-time

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 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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