Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Children, Youth and International Development

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.

Entry requirements

Good degree (2:2 or above) in social sciences or humanities.

Previous experience or study of international development issues and/or childhood studies may be an advantage.

2 references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

The programme is made up of 3 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.
Core modules:

International Political Economy of Childhood;
Researching Children and Childhood;
Social Studies of Childhood: Key Concepts and Issues .

MSc Children, Youth and International Development dissertation

Assessment methods

Most assessment is by coursework, including critical annotated bibliographies and essays.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8000