Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Youth Justice

The programme has been designed for those who want to advance their understanding of youth issues, youth offending and social and criminal justice responses to young people. It is focused on developing critical analytical skills and enhancing the ability to assess policy and practice against international standards and benchmarks.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a social science or related discipline. In line with the University's Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy, applicants who do not meet the academic requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinators for advice. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: Approaches to social research; childhood and youth research and practice; children's rights and youth justice; perspectives in childhood and youth; youth and social justice; youth justice: theory, law and practice; plus dissertation (MSc only); optional modules include: Childhood adversity; children's rights and youth justice; economic impact of childhood interventions; foundations of children's rights; theoretical perspectives in development; qualitative research in childhood and youth; quantitative research in childhood and youth. Students completing the Postgraduate Diploma must attain 120 credits at Masters level; to be awarded a Masters degree students must obtain a further 60 credits through the completion of a dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include the completion of a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

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Key information

School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Telephone number: 
028 9097 3082