Children, Youth and International Development (MSc)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to June

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Childhood studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that puts children and childhood at the centre of its inquiry. It asks questions like 'What is a child?', 'How is childhood changed by wider changes in society?' and 'How do class, gender and "race" shape children's lives?'.

International childhood studies put these questions into a global context, to ask how global forces such as war, economy and international development are reshaping childhood.

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  • Of interest to anyone working, or intending to work, with children in service provision, in social policy or in international development, particularly in culturally diverse settings, or anyone who has an interest in cultures of childhood.
  • Helps develop the skills needed to produce high-quality independent research.
  • Taught by experts in childhood studies: the programme director is the author of Childhood in a Global Perspective (Polity, 2009) and many other publications on global childhoods.
  • One of only two childhood studies Master's degrees in the UK with an international focus.
  • We offer student support and have a range of research resources.
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Course structure

The programme is made up of three core modules, an option module and a dissertation. Part-time students take their option module and the core research module in Year 2.

Option modules can be taken in international development studies, law and youth studies. Relevant option modules may also be taken from those offered within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, with the agreement of the programme director.

Dissertation research in a relevant field is agreed with the programme director.

Classes in Research Methods for Dissertation are taught with students from the MSc International Development, which gives you the opportunity for academic exchange with students working in the development sector.

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