University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Childhood and Youth Studies

This is an interdisciplinary and interprofessional course offered in collaboration with anthropology, education, psychology, law and sociology. It enables you to bring a range of contrasting disciplinary and professional perspectives to bear on policy, practice and research with children and young people. New research in developmental, psychological, sociological, anthropological, cultural and educational domains is used to scrutinise the differing political and ethical claims on childhood and youth that inform contemporary policy and practice. This course sharpens your analytical and writing skills, and exposes you to new and original ways of thinking about children and young people. The course provides research and training tools for completing empirical research with children and young people. These skills and tools are transferable to the workplace. The interdisciplinary nature of the training also results in post-qualifying students developing a broad knowledge base to communicate effectively and successfully with a wide variety of child- and youth-focused professionals.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree; exceptionally other candidates may be accepted who demonstrate ability to study at the appropriate level.

Course modules

Core modules may include: Current developments in childhood and youth policy and practice; introduction to childhood and youth studies. Options may include: Academic and research skills; activist media practice; anthropology of childhood; childhood and youth in global perspective; rights, protection and justice; curriculum, learning and society; foundations of education policy, planning and development; psychology in education (Master's); researching childhood and youth; restorative justice: Domestic and international approaches; teachers: Policy and practice in international contexts.

Assessment methods

You are assessed through essays and case studies of 1,500-3,000 words, and group presentations on core modules and options. As part of the dissertation component of the course, you produce a dissertation proposal and a dissertation of 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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