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Community and Youth Work, BSocSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Maynooth, Ireland
This is our three-year full-time degree in Community and Youth Work at Maynooth University. Community work involves the development and empowerment of communities, and facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively.
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Youth work is based on the same principles as community work but focuses on young people, and is defined in Irish legislation and policy as a process of personal and social development based on voluntary participation and principles of equality and inclusiveness.

By taking our degree in Community and Youth Work at the Maynooth University you will be participating in a programme of professional education and training that engages you as an active participant in your learning while working in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality.

Career Option 

  • Graduates are equipped to take up professional employment in a range of community and youth work organisations and agencies - community development projects, local, urban and rural development groups, community youth projects, neighbourhood youth projects and local youth services, as well as organisations concerned with particular groups (e.g. women, Travellers, new communities) or issues (e.g. unemployment, migrant rights, drugs, poverty).
  • Postgraduate options in the Department include an MA in Community and Youth Work, an MA in Applied Social Studies and an MSocSci Social Science (Rights and Social Policy).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Community Work Principles & Practices
  • Fieldwork Practice 
  • Introduction To Social Sciences
  • Practice Skills Development
  • Youth And Community Images And Arts
  • Youth Work Principles & Practices

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
  • As this is a restricted course on the CAO, all applicants to MH116 will be requested to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to do this course (in no more than 350 words), two written references and information on work experience.
  • Applicants are invited to attend for a written test in March. Shortlisted applicants are invited to an individual and a group interview in April. All applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience in youth work and/or community work.
  • Note 1: 50% of places are reserved for appropriately experienced mature students.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3415 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3415 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Maynooth

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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