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Child, Family and Community Studies / Léann Leanaí, Teaghlach agus Pobal

DT576 FT DT577 PT


Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

This programme will be of interest to graduates of early education, social care, psychology, sociology, community studies and related disciplines, as well as professionals in the broad social services delivery area (example, social work, youth work, teaching, community work, early education, family support work).

The overall aim of the Masters is to examine how human capacity can be enhanced across the lifespan in the socio-educational sector. It will provide participants with a critical understanding of concepts and approaches to enabling individuals and groups to realise their potential as human persons and participative communities. The programme aims to educate students to high levels of contemporary theoretical awareness in fields central to social services provision and to create an atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and writing.

MA in Child, Family & Community Studies

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must normally hold a second class honours bachelor degree, lower division (2.2) or higher in the area of social care, early education, social sciences, psychology, sociology, youth and community studies or cognate discipline.

Note: the entry requirements are currently (April 2018) under review. Subject to approval by Academic Council, the minimum entry requirement shall be a second class honours bachelor degree, higher division (2.1).
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score minimum of 6.5 overall, with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, but who have significant professional or vocational experience in child, family and community services shall also be considered. In addition to an application form, this latter category of applicants may also be asked to present for interview. The Programme Committee will work to ensure a balance of recent graduates and professionals among the student intake.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Career Opportunities

Many participants on the MA in Child, Family and Community Studies already have practice experience and use the MA to develop their careers in different directions or to move in to management roles. Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of sectors including development and policy work in social care, early childhood education and the voluntary care sector. It is not necessary to have prior professional experience, however, to find the programme beneficial for career development.

Course Content

Students shall take core modules in:

  • Perspectives on Family and Community
  • Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Social Care
  • Transitions across the lifespan
  • Management practice and theory
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

In addition, students shall select two from the following modules

  • Interventions in child and adolescent mental health
  • Contemporary issues in the early years
  • Youth Offending and Youth Justice Perspectives
  • Risk, Vulnerability and the protection of children and vulnerable adults
  • Victimology
  • Perspectives on Ageing

Timetable / Hours

The programme will be a taught modularised programme, delivered in semesters of 15 weeks duration (12 weeks teaching, 1 review week and 2 weeks assessment). The programme will be offered in both full-time and part-time modes. Students may take the taught programme on a full-time basis over two semesters and complete a dissertation in the third semester. For students taking the programme on a part-time basis, coursework is completed over four semesters and a dissertation in the semester following. Students who do not wish to pursue the programme to Master level may opt to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Studies after the completion of 60 credits of coursework.


MA in Child, Family and Community Studies

For Further Information

Dr Ann Marie Halpenny
School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences
College of Arts and Tourism
Dept of Social Sciences 
DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7 
T: 01-402 4255 

Frequently Asked Questions

MA in Child, Family & Community Studies

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