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University of Sunderland: Childhood and Youth Studies

Institution University of Sunderland View institution profile
Department Social Sciences
Telephone 0191 515 3000
Study type Taught


Passionate about working with children and young people? Ready to take your career with children and young people further? Then this ground-breaking and highly-flexible postgraduate course could be perfect for you.

The MA Childhood and Youth Studies course can be studied either full-time or part-time. Depending on the pathway you choose, you will graduate with one of three MA degree titles:

MA Childhood and Youth Studies MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Early Years Graduate Practitioner Competencies) MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Youth Work, professionally validated and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC)) You will be taught by experienced and passionate lecturers with professional backgrounds in children and young people, early years and youth work. You will study a range of modules and gain an understanding of the theoretical perspectives through which childhood and young people are currently understood and defined within interdisciplinary contexts. You will also reflect critically upon current legislation, policy and practice relating to children and young people. You will evaluate organisational structures and provision which regulates and promotes children’s and young people’s status, welfare, health and wellbeing, learning and how multi-agency working impacts on childhood and youth contexts. You will interpret different political issues and events, past and present, that impact on children and young people. You will also develop your knowledge and skills in research which will enable you to undertake advanced research projects in the social sciences.

Please note, a member of the course team will advise you on the most suitable pathway, as the MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Early Years Graduate Practitioner Competencies) and the MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Youth Work, professionally validated and recognised by JNC) have entry requirements and placements which necessitate previous experience in the field.


University of Sunderland

About the University of Sunderland
The life changing University of Sunderland has 27,500 students based in campuses on the North East coast, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries.

Ranked as a top 50 university in the Guardian University Guide 2023, we are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, and public and private sector collaborations. We also have a track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies.

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