Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHB54

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2023

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The MSoc Sc in Community and Youth Work integrates advanced study in challenging issues facing society today with accredited professional education for key roles in community development, youth work, and associated equality, human rights, international development, local development, local authority, national institutions, and international agency work. The programme provides an opportunity to engage in education and training in a dialogical environment, combining research and praxis for action, policy influence and advocacy, and participation in shaping society and facilitating young people to reach their potential.

Professional Endorsement:
The MSoc Sc in Community and Youth Work is endorsed by the North South Education and Training Standards Board as a professional qualification in Youth Work and by the All Ireland Endorsement Body for Community Work as a professional qualification in Community Work.


Application for entry to the MSoc Sc CYW programme is open to those who:
1 -  'A minimum Second Class Honours (2H2) primary degree (NFQ Level 8)' . (Those holding other primary degrees may be also considered in light of their experience and personal studies).
2 - Have experience of / a demonstrated interest in work with communities, youth organisations or projects, minority groups, social movements or international development. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

The programme, in line with all postgraduate professional qualifications takes place over two years fulltime or three years part time in service. Students undertake a full time professional fieldwork placement lasting fourteen weeks in each year.

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time

The programme creates critical thinkers who are engaged professionally to work dynamically in leadership positions in the fields of community development and youth work and a variety of areas such as development, policy analysis, organizational leadership in NGOs and statutory organisations in Ireland, Europe and internationally Graduates are involved in a variety of positions at national, regional, local and international levels in youth projects, community based work and statutory and voluntary organisations.

Online application only

PAC Code

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

MU graduates are required to produce a professional reference for relevant work (voluntary or paid).

Applicants will be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process. Interview dates will be set for April, May and June . Check the Department website for details.

Garda Vetting
In line with national provisions for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, all applicants called for interview for the MSocSc CYW and DCYW will be required to complete a Garda Vetting Form.

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