Bachelor of Arts (Youth and Family Studies)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

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Youth and Family Studies

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Studying Youth and Family Studies

Course overview

This programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key trends and changes in family life and youth development, with a specific focus on Irish society. There are two underpinning beliefs built into the programme, one being that young people need to be valued, listened to and enabled to reach their full potential and the other that at some stage, all families, no matter who they are, need help and support to function.

Given this, the programme places specific emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills required from personnel intending on working in youth work, family support and community development areas in the future. A core strength of this programme is that all teaching is research-led, which exposes students to world-leading research studies being engaged in by the staff team. The programme is, therefore, always focused on key issues in practice, policy and research.

In first year, students take a number of modules across the disciplines of economics, sociology and politics, and information technology, as well as an introduction to youth and family studies.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements


Duration: 3 years

Next start date: September 2015

Entry points(2014): 300

A Level Grades (2014): CCC or equivalent combination

Average intake: 40

Course outline

Year 1
  • Understanding Politics and Society
  • Trajectories of Social and Political Change
  • Sociology and Politics Coursework
  • Introduction to Youth and Family Studies
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Applied Economics
  • Economics Coursework and Applications
  • Applied Public Policy
  • Applications Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Internet and Web Development


Year 2
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Professional Skills
  • Communities in Focus
  • Understanding Family and Society
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Promoting Positive Mental Health
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Youth Development
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Economics of Public and Social Policy
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Economics of Family Policy
Year 3
  • Development and Change
  • Child Protection and Welfare
  • Youth Work Principles and Practice
  • Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Families
  • The value of Arts in the lives of Children
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Project Planning and Evaluation
  • Family Law
  • Issues in Contemporary Families
  • Current Debates in Youth and Family Work
  • Plus two optional modules from third year of Political Science & Sociology and/or Women's Studies

Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time for any of the above under exceptional circumstances and when approved by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

Further education

Graduates with this degree will be eligible to apply for a range of postgraduate courses on offer at NUI Galway. These include the MA in Social Work, MA in Family Support Studies, MA in Community Development and MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights.

Find out more

Dr Cormac Forkan, Course Co-ordinator

T: +353 91 493 653

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.