- Start date: September
- Accreditation: meets management aspect for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
- Application deadline: Applications for this course are now closed
- Study mode and duration: 24 months part-time
Study with us
- only course in the UK devoted entirely to residential child care
- develop knowledge and abilities for optimal practice
- the MSC/PgDip meet the management requirement for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council
Why this course?
The course is unique in the UK in offering a Masters-level award specifically in residential child care. It has been developed to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.
Consensus is growing that residential child care practice is complex, challenging and requires requisite knowledge, skills and capacities of the workforce. If children and young people are to have positive care experiences which improve their life chances, then those who care for them, and those who support those who care for them, must be supported in developing and maintaining that knowledge.
The MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care has been developed within the School of Social Work and Social Policy alongside the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.
By taking this course, you can expect to experience development in your knowledge, skills and relational capacities in practice. You can also expect to contribute to professional leadership, practice development and research and evaluation in your own agency and possibly beyond.
What you’ll study
The course comprises six modules, plus dissertation. You'll attend the University for six days per module.
You’re expected to complete the six taught modules over a 17-month period. A further six months is allowed for completion of a practice-based dissertation.
Both the MSc and the Postgraduate Diploma meet the management part of the requirement for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for managers in residential child care.
Core teaching team:
Learning & teaching
You'll be encouraged to explore, challenge and build upon your existing knowledge and experience.
Classes may involve some lecture-style content, but will be mostly dialogical. Discussions will often be based on interrogating relevant research, theory and social policy as it relates to your practice. One module will also involve the use of video recording to enhance your communication skills and reflective capacities.
Assessment is made up of group or individual presentations and essays, both of which apply research, theory and social policy to your practice and the practices in your place of work.
In one module, assessment will involve your reflections on a video you’ve made of your communication in practice. You need sufficient access to practice in residential child care settings through which you’ll evidence practice requirements. However, these requirements are broad enough to allow those in external management, training or other relevant positions to meet the requirements of the assessments.
- Critical perspectives on residential child care
- Understanding and assessing in children's life-spaces
- Ethical leadership and management in residential child care
- Skilled and reflective use of self in residential child care
- Intervening effectively in residential child care
- Methods: ethical and effective research in residential child care
- Professional enquiry in residential child care: dissertation
A second-class Honours degree or equivalent qualifications and experience.
Applicants with HNC/SVQ3/SVQ4 qualifications will be asked to provide a supporting written assignment.
Those with professional or academic qualifications other than social work will be considered.
Applicants must be working full time in residential child care or a closely related area, as all of the coursework requires students to apply their learning to their practice and the practices in their employing organisation.
Fees & funding
Fees for this programme are paid through a Scottish Government grant award (subject to continued funding) to the Centre for Looked After Children (CELCIS). No charges apply to students employed in residential child care settings in Scotland.
Please note: The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
What our students think
The conversations, observations and sharing of insight amongst my classmates really made the course for me. I found myself surrounded by people who really got it...This gave me a real sense of community within the sector and opened my eyes to the realisation that other's shared my passions and desires.
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