Maynooth University: Masters of Social Science Community & Youth Work

Maynooth University

Masters of Social Science Community & Youth Work (MSocScCYW)

Are there social issues that you feel passionate about?
Do you think young people should have opportunities to shape the world they live in?
Are you inspired to challenge inequality and work for human rights?
Do you want to work on creating the conditions for positive social change in society?

The Masters of Social Science Community & Youth Work (MSocScCYW) is a two-year master degree programme with two 14-week supervised fieldwork placements at its centre.

As a student you will participate in a programme of professional education and training that engages you as an active participant in your learning, working in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality. You will learn to foster the development and empowerment of communities and young people, and facilitate the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively.

The MSocScCYW equips students for employment in community development, youth work, and associated equality, human rights, international development, local development, local authority, national institutions, and international agency work.

2 years full-time or 3 years part-time in-service
Professionally endorsed programme (AIEB & NSETS)
In-service route provides for specialism in community development or youth work;
includes recognition of prior learning (RPL) for suitable candidates.

Graduates of the programme are currently working in local community development and youth work projects, work with Travellers and Roma, homelessness, migrant rights, rights of sex workers, anti-racist and intercultural work, disability rights, media and communications, international development, politics, public policy, government departments/agencies, education & training, and more.

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To talk to someone about the programme including part-time in-service options contact the team on:

Application for entry to the MSocScCYW programme is open to those who have a primary degree in one of the social sciences and have experience of/ a demonstrated interest in work with communities, youth organisations or projects, minority groups, social movements or international development. Candidates holding other primary degrees may be also considered in light of their relevant experience.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
27th May, 2021
Co. Kildare
Expiry Date
27th Jul, 2021