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Youth Justice Queen’s University Belfast

MSc Youth Justice

The Masters in Youth Justice has been designed for those who want to advance their understanding of youth issues, youth offending and social and criminal justice responses to young people. It is focused on developing critical analytical skills and enhancing the ability to assess policy and practice against international standards and benchmarks.

Targeted at practitioners, policy-makers and those interested in further academic study, it provides the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and critical analytical skills to practice and enhance understanding of young people’s lives, the criminal justice system and the discourse of children’s rights.

Course Details

The course has been designed with a view towards encouraging students to consider the interface between social justice, criminal justice and children’s rights. Given increased policy attention in the area of youth justice and strategies impacting on children and young people more generally, the course reflects the concern to understand the needs and rights of children and young people and ground responses in evidence, best practice and international standards. PG Diploma students must obtain 120 credits at M level. To be awarded a Masters degree, students must obtain a further 60 credits via the completion of a dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Approaches to Social Research – 20 CATS (Assignment: Research Proposal)
  • Childhood and Youth Research and Practice – 10 CATS (Assignment: Review of Research Protocol)
  • Children’s Rights – 20 CATS (Assignment: Essay)
  • Perspectives in Childhood and Youth – 10 CATS (Assignment: Critical Review)
  • Youth and Social Justice – 20 CATS (Assignment: Comment Piece and Essay)
  • Youth Justice: Theory, Law and Practice – 20 CATS (Assignment: Comment Piece and Essay)
  • Plus dissertation (MSc only) – 60 CATS (20,000 words max.)

Optional modules include:

  • Childhood Adversity – 10 CATS
  • Children’s Rights and Conceptions of Childhood – 20 CATS
  • Children’s Rights – 20 CATS
  • Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions – 10 CATS
  • Improving Outcomes – 10 CATS
  • International Contexts of Childhood Adversity – 10 CATS
  • Qualitative Data Analysis – 10 CATS
  • Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth – 10 CATS
  • Quantitative Data Analysis – 10/20 CATS

Indicative Number of Modules per Semester

Full time – 3 x 20 CATS (or a blend to the value of 60 CATS)

List of Indicative Programme Modules

Core modules:

  • Approaches to Social Research  (Assignment: Research Proposal)
  • Childhood and Youth Research and Practice (Assignment: Review of Research Protocol)
  • Children’s Rights (Assignment: Essay)
  • Perspectives in Childhood and Youth (Assignment: Critical Review)
  • Youth and Social Justice  (Assignment: Comment Piece and Essay)
  • Youth Justice: Theory, Law and Practice  (Assignment: Comment Piece and Essay)

Plus dissertation (MSc only) (20,000 words)

Plus options (as above)

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester

20 CATS modules generally involve 20 contact hours per semester, 10 CATS modules generally involve 10 contact hours per semester. Contact hours often include a blend of face-to-face lectures/ workshops and online sessions. Students can choose some optional modules that are all face-to-face, all online or a blend of both.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a social science or related discipline. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinators for advice.

Please note: The closing date for applications to this programme is Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 4pm. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.

International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen’s.

For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Please see the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work for funding opportunities. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy