M.Sc. On Campus

Advanced Residential Childcare

University of Strathclyde

24 months
2400 GBP/year
2400 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Advanced Residential Childcare course at the University of Strathclyde is developed within the School of Social Work and Social Policy alongside the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.

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The Advanced Residential Childcare course at the University of Strathclyde  is unique in the UK in offering a Masters-level award specifically in residential child care.

By taking this course, you can expect to experience development in your knowledge, skills and relational capacities in practice. You can also expect to contribute to professional leadership, practice development and research and evaluation in your own agency and possibly beyond.

Assessment is made up of group or individual presentations and essays, both of which apply research, theory and social policy to your practice and the practices in your place of work. In one module, assessment will involve your reflections on a video you’ve made of your communication in practice. You need sufficient access to practice in residential child care settings through which you’ll evidence practice requirements. However, these requirements are broad enough to allow those in external management, training or other relevant positions to meet the requirements of the assessments.

Learning & teaching

You'll be encouraged to explore, challenge and build upon your existing knowledge and experience.

Classes may involve some lecture-style content, but will be mostly dialogical. Discussions will often be based on interrogating relevant research, theory and social policy as it relates to your practice. One module will also involve the use of video recording to enhance your communication skills and reflective capacities.


Scottish Social Services Council

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Critical Perspectives on Residential Child Care
  •  Understanding and Assessing in Children's Life-spaces
  •  Ethical Leadership and Management in Residential Child Care
  •  Skilled and Reflective Use of Self in Residential Child Care
  •  Intervening Effectively in Residential Child Care
  •  Methods: Ethical and Effective Research in Residential Child Care
  •  Professional Enquiry in Residential Child Care: Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • There’s no formal closing date for postgraduate applications


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications and experience.  Applicants with HNC/SVQ3/SVQ4 qualifications will be asked to provide a supporting written assignment. Those with professional or academic qualifications other than social work will be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2400 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    2400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2400 GBP per year during 24 months.

Rest of UK £2,400

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /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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