Critical Youth and Community Studies
Our MSc Critical Youth and Community Studies programme is
offered on a full-time or part-time basis at Hamilton campus.
The MSc is aimed at people with a first degree or experience
in youth and community practices who aspire to develop their knowledge and
understanding of statutory or voluntary contexts. This pioneering programme
contributes to fulfilment of strong leadership and management youth and
The MSc Critical Youth and Community offers three learning pathways for qualified, non-qualified and international students. It responds to demand for a masters-level qualification in a distinct and growing professional area, where high quality learning is supported by research that is recognised internationally and takes a similarly blended methodology in its teaching and learning methods.
A first degree in a subject relevant to their professional role. Exceptions may apply in
cases of participants who do not possess a first degree, but who can demonstrate, through recognition of prior or experiential learning, that they have relevant work/professional experience in a youth and community context involving critical or informal education or in managing associated disciplinary areas.
Our MSc offers a pioneering new programme that contributes to youth and community practices that promote equality, human flourishing, participation and social justice. This MSc brings three interlinked routes to professional qualification and to CPD or International Masters.
Full-time students will normally undertake three modules in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over one 12-18 month period, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice and through a critical pedagogy stance.
Part-time students will normally undertake one module in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over a period of 24 – 30 months, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice learning.
A Postgraduate Certificate can be taken on successful completion of three modules, either as a discrete programme or as the first step towards a Diploma, which also consists of three modules. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, interested participants can undertake a capstone project or dissertation on a relevant topic.
Required for the award of PG Certificate in Community Education (CYCS) (CLD Approved Qualification):
Researching Communities (20 Credits) and Community Practice Learning (40 Credits)
Required for the award of PG Certificate in Critical Youth and Community Studies (Non- Qualifying Route):
Researching Communities (20 Credits) and two x (20 credit) Option Modules*1
In addition to the above, the following modules are required for the award of PG Diploma in Critical Youth and Community Studies:
Strategic Leadership (20 Credits) and two x (20 credit) Option Modules*1
In addition to the above, the award of MSc in Critical Youth and Community Studies will be conferred on successful completion of:
One x (60 credit) Capstone Project or Dissertation
This Masters opens doors to a range of career prospects in communities across the world.
- Youth Work
- Community Work
- Voluntary and Statutory Sector Interface or Intermediary Organisations
- Community Activism
- Social Enterprise
- Teaching Artists
- School-Community work
- Creative Industries
Students who successfully complete their Degree can progress to PhD level study. Advisement and Support: Students are assigned a faculty member (for the duration of programme) as an advisor for programme support and career advisement (Personal and Professional Planning).
There is a Practice Learning Component for students engaged in the PG Certificate Route seeking a CLDSC Approved qualification. Students who are not seeking to graduate with a CLD qualification do not need to undertake Practice Learning.
This PG Certificate Level of the MSC in CYCS is recognised as a qualifying programme, approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland and is recognised as a lead practitioner qualification.