Children and Young People’s Participation and Leadership MA

What is special about this course?

The MA Children and Young People’s Participation and Leadership is designed for any professional who works with children, young people and their families, with a special interest in facilitating their rights and active participation.

This unique course is designed in partnership with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Youth Parliament, Children’s Parliament Scotland, and relevant children’s rights organisations. With a strong focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), there is an opportunity to contextualise how children’s rights, active participation and child-led decisions are integrated within your professional role, and their place as a valued and meaningful part of this process.

An opportunity to examine the Children’s Rights Impact Assessments (CRIAs) that are implemented within the Scottish Government will support understanding of the way in which the UNCRC is given consideration to policy making. Critical thinking and evaluation will be encouraged, of both national and international perspectives in establishing a culture of children’s rights, to promote these rights as central to legislation, policies and practices for children and young people. This will enhance your understanding of the way in which the UNCRC underpins all aspects of leadership and participation within both Scotland and an international forum.

Special features

  • Modules developed in partnership with the Scottish Youth Parliament.
  • Links with Scottish Youth Parliament, Scottish Government and Children’s Parliament Scotland.
  • The course is available to study part time, online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitments,
  • Course content enables students and professionals (already employed) to further their qualification base and to engage in professional development and dialogue on the topics discussed in this programme.
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent OR
  • Postgraduate diploma award or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree 
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or below, or with an ordinary degree or DipHE in a relevant subject, plus relevant professional experience may also be considered.  
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) may also be claimed. 

Professional workforce with prior experience:

  • Individuals who wish to participate in this programme but who do not yet meet the entry requirements will be looked at on an individual basis.
  • Individuals with a wealth of previous experience within a relevant field i.e. education, children’s services, social services, police service, health service or third sector organisations will be considered.
  • A discussion will be held between yourself and the Programme Leader to ascertain your prior knowledge, experience, and skills. This dialogue will also allow you to ask further questions to ensure that this is the correct progression route for you.

 

PgCert Children and Young People

For the PgCert (60 credits) and PgDip (an additional 60 credits) the modules offered are listed below.

You will complete 3 of these modules to obtain the PgCert:

  • Article 12: Enabling Participation and Leadership (manadatory for PgDip qualification) (20 credits)
  • Building resilience: understanding the impact of ACEs (20 credits)
  • Children and young people’s empowerment: the impact on health and wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Every child’s right to be heard: research with children and young people (20 credits)
  • Investigating inequality, exploitation and youth justice (20 credits)
  • The global child: contemporary childhoods (20 credits)

PgDip Children and Young People’s Participation and Leadership

For the PgDip, you will complete the remaining modules from those listed in the PgCert.

MA

To achieve the qualification of MA Children and Young People’s Participation and Leadership, you will complete the following core module:

  • Applied critical enquiry (60 credits)

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1.5 years @ 35 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 3 years @ 17.5 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI - this is a fully online course. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at Perth College UHI.

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2021-22 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £8,820 £8,820

This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Scottish Government Children and Families directorate
  • Non-governmental organisations that promote, support and develop the UNCRC for children and young people
  • Scottish Youth Parliament 
  • Children’s commissioner scotland
  • Any field that engages with children, young people and their families

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from MA Children and Young People’s Participation and Leadership to the following course:

  • PHD in Children’s rights

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