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Education - Childhood and Youth Studies
PGDip or PGCert or MA
Our MA Education – Childhood and Youth Studies is an interdisciplinary Masters. It covers the span of childhood from birth to 18.
The course is suitable for those who work with children and young people, from a range of professional backgrounds. We have designed the course as an excellent grounding to develop your skills or further your career, either as a practitioner or researcher.
You will examine:
- the role of services for children and young people
- the challenges this provides for practitioners and policy makers
- the ways in which these services position children and their families.
You will also explore alternative conceptions of childhood and youth. And consider children and young people's lives and experiences through the social, economic, technological and global contexts in which they are situated.
We have good working relationships with:
- local mainstream and special schools
- children's centres
- other services for children enabling.
So you will have opportunities for visits and placements (DBS checks are required).
How to apply
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
You will take nine modules.
The compulsory modules are:
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Dissertation module (60 credits).
You will also choose:
- three modules from the MA Education – Childhood and Youth Studies
- two modules from any of modules on the ‘open route’ of the MA Education.
The course will explore issues including:
- What kind of experiences and settings provide the best environment for children and young people?
- International comparisons, for example, when should formal schooling begin and does the UK do too much too young?
- Learning to be citizens - what is the appropriate role for children and young people in participation and governance of schools/society?
- Resolving the conflict between giving children and young people independence and keeping them safe.
- Parenting and whether the state should teach us how to be good parents.
- How practitioners in children's services can work effectively to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children, young people and families they work with.
The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.
We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research
Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.
The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:
- Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Policy, Partnership and Leadership
- STEAM pedagogy and learning
- Humanistic Perspectives on Education
- Early Years
- Applied Linguistics
After you graduate
The course enables the sharing of ideas and concerns between a range of practitioners working with children and young people and facilitates professional networking, especially in the local area.
For students on the full-time course, the close links the course team have with local settings and services allows for the setting up of placement opportunities if desired.
Alternatively, you can develop your professional practice in specialist areas through our range of Postgraduate Certificate Awards.
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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.