Course Description

MA in Adolescent Studies

Griffith College Dublin (GCD)

Looking to develop your career in adolescent care with an MA in Adolescent development?

This programme is primarily designed for graduates from relevant undergraduate programmes in a range of disciplines who wish to develop appropriate knowledge and competence to empower and professionally support adolescent development. The programme has been designed to accommodate the needs of both new and recent graduates as well as those students currently holding positions in the children and young people’s workforce, including those wishing to advance or change careers.

Relevant undergraduate programmes include areas such as Early Learning & Care, Primary & Post Primary Education, Nursing, Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Youth Work, Community Studies and related disciplines at the postgraduate level on either a full-time or part-time basis and who seek to gain specialist knowledge of childhood and youth to expand their knowledge and understanding of children and young people under the age of 18.

Why Study for a MA in Adolescent Studies?

  • This programme is congruent with the objective of providing accessible and flexible programmes to adult learners and has been designed with particular emphasis on the use of blended learning technologies to support traditional classroom learning
  • This programme supports learners to develop personally & professionally to enable them to achieve a Master’s degree in Adolescent Studies.
  • Develop learner’s knowledgeskills & competence to an appropriate level of ‘Higher Order Practice’
  • Modules within the programme are designed to build personal capacity, collaborative problem-solving skills and an understanding of the systems and context within which individuals may be best supported.
  • The programme provides a progression opportunity to complete a range of Programmes at Level 10 nationally and internationally.

Students will undertake a minimum of 150 hours of work placement in approved settings with the support of 15 hours of supervision arranged by the college (10 of which would be mentoring of small group tutoring with 5 hours of direct 1 to 1 placement supervision).

This is an ICHAS course delivered by ICHAS at Griffith College Dublin.

College Name Griffith College Dublin (GCD)
Course Category Counselling & Psychotherapy, Health Care
Course Type Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Qualification Masters Degree
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 8
Course Duration 2 years
Course Times Would normally require attendance, either in class or online, on 1 evening per week from 6 pm-9 pm and approximately eight Saturdays from 9.30 am-4.30 pm in the academic year.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding MA in Adolescent Studies
Entry Requirements The knowledge, skills, and competence required to successfully participate in and complete this Level 9 programme will normally require applicants to have successfully achieved a Level 2:2 award in a relevant Level 8 Honours Degree in areas such as Early Learning & Care, Primary & Post Primary Education, Nursing, Social Care, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, Youth Work & Community Studies, and related Social Science disciplines. Those who have completed other relevant educational programmes or have relevant professional experience etc., where Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Acquired Prior Learning (APL) can be applied to the programme by submission of programme content, qualification, and assignments equivalent to an appropriate Level 8 award at an Honours 2:2 standard, can also be considered. For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.
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