Program Overview

This programme equips students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration.  It includes an Internship where students undertake a placement in the field of Youth Work or Community Development.   A total of 15 Places are available on this programme.  All applicants will be interviewed as part of the application process.  The Internships are with a range of NGO and Voluntary organisations in the community and youth sectors.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Students are required to take four core modules and two elective modules in a combination of lectures and seminar discussions. An additional and substantial research element includes: assessed course research papers; and a dissertation of 15,000 words written on a topic of choice under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor or two 7,500 word reports on the student’s internship placement.  Students not proceeding to the dissertation or Internship may exit the programme with a Graduate Diploma upon successful completion of all coursework and assessments at this juncture.

Full Time - Autumn    

  • The Sociology of Youth & Community 
  • Preparing for the Student Internship 
  • Practitioner led Workshops on Youth and Community Development Management 
  • Researching Social Exclusion 

Full Time - Spring    

  • ​Critical Perspectives on the Sociology of Youth, Community and Social Regeneration 
  • The Sociology of Regeneration: Theory, Policy & Practice 
  • Researching Social Change 
  • Youth Crime

Full Time - Summer

  • MA YCSR Student Internship* 
  • Applicants must normally hold a primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an approved equivalent qualification.  All applicants will be called for interview.
  • Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but who have appropriate professional qualifications and/or professional experience will also be considered.   All candidates must be fully proficient in both written and spoken English.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Career Prospects

This MA aims to equip students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration. Facilitating new learning as well as building on established academic, professional and practical experience, a range of teaching and assessment approaches will be utilised. These, combined with excellent research supervision, state-of-the-art training in either qualitative or quantitative methodological skills and a commitment to the collection and dissemination of both national and international examples of best practice in the field will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key practical and theoretical issues which characterise the field. The cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional nature of the MA encourages intellectual flexibility, strong communication skills and an awareness of the diversity of approaches and experiences which characterise community based research and engagement. Upon completion of the MA students will be well equipped to embark on PhD research in this area and indeed to move from an academic setting into different areas of the labour force across a wide range of career paths.   These paths include, but are not limited to, research careers, policy development, youth and community work and professional engagement in the processes of social regeneration


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