Childhood and Youth Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) Online
The Master of Childhood and Youth Studies is designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. Students can also study a Graduate Certificate instead of the Masters degree.


The course aims to develop the knowledge and skills of professionals, enabling them to respond more effectively to the issues that impact children, young people and families across a diverse range of contexts. It incorporates the latest research and explores the ways that children, childhood and youth are conceptualised within family, community and international settings, including the theories, policies and practices that can inform professional practice. Participants benefit from the opportunity to apply their learning immediately in the workplace.

Study is offered by distance education with online interaction and guest presentations.

Candidates can choose to enrol in the four unit Graduate Certificate, or sixteen unit Masters or can enrol in single units as accredited professional development, leaving their options open for continuing on to the awards at a later date. It is also possible to exit the program with a Graduate Diploma following completion of eight specified units (direct enrolment into the Graduate Diploma is not available).

Career opportunities

The Master of Childhood and Youth Studies is designed for professionals such as social workers, health professionals, youth workers, family dispute resolution practitioners, case workers, psychologists, welfare workers, community development personnel, teachers, policemen and women, lawyers, government policy-makers and researchers.

The qualification is suited to positions in community services, child and family health services, community-based education settings, child and youth services, family relationships centres, community development, juvenile justice, government and non-government policy-making agencies, research and consultancy requiring higher level knowledge and skills in relation to children and young people.

Programme Structure

Major areas of study
While there are no majors, the course includes studies in:
  • Child protection and participation
  • Children and the law
  • Children’s rights
  • Social and emotional wellbeing
  • Drugs, alcohol and sexual health
  • Program evaluation
  • Research with and for children.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • National Applies to you

    16720 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33440 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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