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Overview

Our MSc Critical Youth & Community Studies course is ideal if you have a first degree or experience in youth and community practices and aspire to develop your knowledge and understanding of statutory or voluntary contexts.

Our course contributes to fulfilment of strong leadership and management youth and community practices and opens doors to communities around 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

The course 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.

The Postgraduate Certificate level of this course is recognised by CLD Standards Council for Scotland as a lead practitioner qualification.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

 

Academic Requirements

You must satisfy the specific admission requirements for Master's courses offered by UWS and should normally hold a first degree in a subject relevant to your professional role.

Exceptions may apply if you do not possess a first degree, but can demonstrate, through recognition of prior or experiential learning, that you have relevant work/professional experience in a youth and community context involving critical or informal education or in managing associated disciplinary areas.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

If you are studying full-time on our course then you will normally undertake three modules in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over one year - one year and a half, as required for the award of Master of Science.

If you are a part-time student then you will normally undertake one module in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over a period of two years – two and a half years, as required for the award of Master of Science.

A Postgraduate Certificate can be taken on successful completion of three modules, either as a discrete course or as the first step towards a Diploma, which also consists of three modules. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, you can undertake a capstone project or dissertation on a relevant topic.

 

Teaching & Assessment

Learning is either work-based or practice placed.

It is anticipated that you will be employed within an organisation that provides a relevant placement experience which will enable you to achieve the required learning outcomes within your own workplace.

If you are a full-time student and do not have relevant employment you will normally be placed by the University within an organisation for a defined period in each year of our course. The placement experience enables you to meet specific learning outcomes and a placement learning agreement is drawn up.

Assessment is through a combination of the following methods:

  • essays
  • assignments
  • individual presentations
  • group presentations

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Jobs

Our Master's course opens doors to a range of career prospects in communities across the world, such as:

  • youth and community work
  • voluntary sector interface
  • community activism
  • social enterprise
  • teaching artists
  • school-community work
  • creative industries

 

Further Study

Following successful completion of your Degree you can then progress to PhD level study.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£3,400 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£3,400 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£3,400 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

 

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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