Child and Youth Care Studies

University of Strathclyde


Developed in partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), the programme has a fresh, engaging curriculum that draws from a variety of disciplines and approaches including child and youth care, social pedagogy, sociology, psychology, health, education, social work and social policy.

You'll develop a theoretically informed, practice-based understanding of issues related to the social, political and cultural contexts of children and youth.

The programme considers and examines theoretical and policy contexts, child development in the lifespace, critical reflection, relational practice, management and leadership, intervention methods and research methods.

Entry Requirements

You require a first degree or relevant professional qualification, or a combination of qualifications and experience demonstrating capacity for postgraduate study.

You’ll also require sufficient access to child care settings through which you can evidence programme and practice requirements. This will involve you working or volunteering in a child care setting either part or full-time throughout the duration of the programme.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

24-36 months


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Social Work and Social Policy

SCQF Level