The Queen's University Belfast logo
  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.22k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    as early as possible

    Photos of university

    The Masters in Youth Justice 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.

    Targeted at practitioners, policy-makers and those interested in further academic study, it provides the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and critical analytical skills to practice and enhance understanding of young people's lives, the criminal justice system and the discourse of children's rights.


    • This programme involves a blended learning approach offering a mixture of online and face-to-face course delivery.
    • Students have the opportunity to select optional modules from a range of Schools involved in the Improving Children's Lives initiative.
    • The programme is also an excellent stepping stone for Doctoral research.

    The course has been designed with a view towards encouraging students to consider the interface between social justice, criminal justice and children's rights. Given increased policy attention in the area of youth justice and strategies impacting on children and young people more generally, the course reflects the concern to understand the needs and rights of children and young people and ground responses in evidence, best practice and international standards. PG Diploma students must obtain 120 credits at M level. To be awarded a Masters degree, students must obtain a further 60 credits via the completion of a dissertation.

    Core modules:

    • 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 Conceptions
    • Children's Rights and Youth Justice
    • Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions
    • Foundations of Children's Rights
    • Improving Outcomes
    • International Contexts of Childhood Adversity
    • Qualitative Data Analysis
    • Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth
    • Quantitative Data Analysis

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a social science or related discipline. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinators for advice.


    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), 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.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

    • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

    Applicants from the UK and other EU countries
    Please note: Where it states 'UK residents' qualifying residency and citizenship/nationality criteria apply.

    * Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) Postgraduate Research Studentships

    Funded by the Department of Employment and Learning, these are offered in most subject areas.

    UK residents: fees plus maintenance
    Other EU residents: fees only

    * DEL (CAST) Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology

    These awards are for specific research projects in collaboration with an industrial sponsor in the following Schools/areas: Biomedical Sciences in School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences; School of Biological Sciences; School of Pharmacy; School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering; School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Mathematics and Physics.

    UK residents: fees plus maintenance
    Other EU residents: fees only

    A CAST studentship may also include a contribution from the industrial collaborating body.

    Visit the School websites listed above for details concerning potential DEL CAST

    Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

    Awards are available for both Masters and Doctoral degrees in humanities subject areas.

    Applicants should apply via Queen's for funding and should not apply directly to AHRC.

    UK residents: fees plus maintenance
    Other EU residents: fees only

    Queen's School Funding Opportunities

    Some Schools have funding available for postgraduate PhD or taught Masters courses.

    North-South Postgraduate Scholarships

    Scholarships are available for students undertaking a recognised Masters or the first year of a PhD programme (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction.

    Applicants from outside the EU
    If you are applying to Queen's from outside the EU, you are advised to explore fully the funding opportunities for studying in the UK available from sources in your own country. Some closing dates are as early as a year before commencing studies, so please make sure to apply in good time.

    Some of the main awards are listed:

    Department for International Development (DFID) Shared Scholarship Scheme

    This award is for specific one-year taught postgraduate courses. The award cover tuition fees, a maintenance grant and travel costs. Only students from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply.

    British Chevening Awards

    * The Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds a number of British Chevening scholaships for postgraduate study, mainly for one-year taught Masters degrees.
    * Candidates must apply directly to the University for admission before applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Contact the British Embassy, British High Commission or British Council Office in your own country.

    Applicants from USA
    If you are a US citizen, you are eligible to apply for the following awards tenable at Queen's

    George J Mitchell Scholarships

    Fulbright Scholarships

    Mary McNeill Scholarship (for US and Canadian citizens undertaking MA Irish Studies

    Similar programs:
    The Queen's University Belfast logo
    • Tuition Fee:
    • Domestic students: $ 6.22k / Year
    • International students: $ 17.7k / Year
    • Ranking:
    • 1257 StudyQA
    • Duration:
    • 1 year
      University of Birmingham logo
      • Tuition Fee:
      • Domestic students: $ 3.84k / Year
      • International students: $ 12.9k / Year
        University of Nottingham logo
        • Tuition Fee:
        • Domestic students: $ 5.96k / Year
        • International students: $ 14.4k / Year
        • Ranking:
        • 684 StudyQA
          University of York logo
          • Tuition Fee:
          • Domestic students: $ 6.27k / Year
          • International students: $ 17.3k / Year
            University of York logo
            • Tuition Fee:
            • Domestic students: $ 6.27k / Year
            • International students: $ 17.3k / Year
              University of Nottingham logo
              • Tuition Fee:
              • Domestic students: $ 5.96k / Year
              • International students: $ 14.4k / Year
              • Ranking:
              • 580 StudyQA
                University of Stirling logo
                • Tuition Fee:
                • Domestic students: $ 4.18k / Year
                • International students: $ 12.3k / Year
                  See all of the 10 similar programs