School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health

MSc in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

Course Code:
Course Type:
NFQ Level
9 - Please see for further information
Delivery Modes
2 Years
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The MSc in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing (Level 9 NFQ, 90 ECTS) is a two-year, part-time, blended-learning programme that provides students with an opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary programme of study focused on the theories and practice of promoting holistic child and family health and wellbeing in an integrated way.

The MSc in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing will appeal to recent graduates and early or mid-career professionals who work with, or who aspire to work with children, young people and their families in various capacities. The programme is suitable to individuals from across different disciplines, including, but not limited to, children’s nurses and other nursing disciplines, allied health and social care professionals, and related areas such as those working in community, voluntary and non-governmental organisations. 

The programme aims to deepen the knowledge, skills and competence of students to:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary evidence and issues in promoting child, young person and family health and wellbeing
  • Foster critical reflection and analysis to address current and future child health societal challenges
  • Promote and advance interdisciplinary skills to enhance collaboration across disciplines in research, policy and practice.

The MSc in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing is a two-year, part-time, blended-learning (online and face to face contact) programme which enables students to consider how their learning impacts their field of practice in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children and their families, and ensure the acquired knowledge supports their professional development in their working environment.  

Students will complete the following modules:

  • Child and family focused care and wellbeing     
  • Children’s rights and participation
  • Global child health and health inequalities
  • Care and service provision closer to home
  • Research methods and evaluation
  • Contemporary issues in child and adolescent mental health

Students will also complete a year-long supervised research dissertation module.

The programme is designed to provide continuous professional development for a wide range of professionals working with children, young people and their families to significantly positively impact employability and career prospects. Graduates of this programme will progress into leadership roles, or continue into a research or education capacity. 


Applicants will typically hold a (NFQ) Level 8 Honours Degree with a H2.1 or equivalent. Candidates will generally hold a primary degree in a relevant discipline, for example:

• children’s nursing or other nursing disciplines; allied health and social care; education; child, youth and family support work; or a cognate discipline.

Due to the specialist nature of this programme, additional criteria may be used to assess suitability to undertake this programme. For further information, please contact the Programme Chair using the contact details above

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applicants are required to submit a cover letter along with their application under the Transcripts section of the portal, affirming their intent to apply for RPL. For more information on RPL see here

Prior learning may be formal accredited learning or experiential/uncertified learning which includes the knowledge, skills and personal qualities acquired through life, work experience and study which are not formally attested. Prospective students may apply through the RPL route if they meet one or more of the following entry 5 requirements:

• Relevant learning, qualifications and experience within their RPL application

• Holding a position or role related to health or social care, health and social inclusion promotion, or a related area

• Holding an appointment or professional position in the domain

Professional qualifications in the domain, with clear articulation of intention to progress to work in the domain. 



Part time

EU Status Fee Part-time
€4,600 per annum

Next Steps

All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available here.  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

The candidate will provide the following documentation as part of their application on the Student Application Portal:

Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable

• A personal statement detailing experience and interest in the course

One reference, from an employer or an academic reference, see application for details

• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements. Please see link

The application will be reviewed by the Programme’s Admissions Panel, and those meeting the entry criteria will be shortlisted.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2024.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU are advised to apply as early as possible.

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.


Application Queries

For EU applicant queries, please visit or email

For non EU applicant queries, please visit or email

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2024.