MA in Education: Childhood and Youth Studies

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA in Education: Childhood and Youth Studies

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Childhood Studies

MA Education: Childhood and Youth Studies is an interdisciplinary MA addressing the span of childhood from birth to the age of 18. The course is designed to provide an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue, or develop further, their skills and careers as practitioners or researchers working with children or providing services for them.

An interdisciplinary approach is central to the MA Education: Childhood and Youth Studies Studies, which is taught by a core course team with expertise in sociology, psychology, history, social policy, social and health care, early childhood and education studies.

Through the course we explore alternative conceptions of childhood and consider children's lives and experiences through the social, economic, technological and global contexts in which they are situated. We also explore the expanding role of services for children, the challenges this provides for practitioners and policy makers and the ways in which these services position children and their families.

Key questions include:

  • What kind of experiences and settings provide the best environment for children?
  • International comparisons of the start of formal schooling - does the UK do too much too young?
  • Learning to be citizens - what is the appropriate role for children in participation and governance of schools / society?
  • How do we resolve the conflict between giving children independence and keeping them safe?
  • Parenting - can and should the state teach us how to be good parents?
  • How can practitioners in children's services work effectively to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children and families with whom they are working?

Teaching learning and assessment

The course will make use of a wide range of teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, online activities and discussions, workshops, placements and research projects. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to learn in a research-led interdisciplinary environment. Assessment will be completely through coursework.

For full-time students, sessions will take place on two days each week. Attendance patterns take account of the fact that most part-time students are in full-time employment, so that over two years all modules will be available in a form suitable for part-timers, for example, evening teaching and online discussions.

Entry requirements

Normally you should have the following:

  1. English as the first language; or GCSE or O-level English Language (A-C); or IELTS 6.5, or TOEFL 91 (internet-based)
  2. a relevant degree* or equivalent professional qualification.
  3. some experience of working with children.

*You may have an undergraduate background in any of a wide range of subjects including psychology, sociology, social and health care, education, history and anthropology.

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Last updated May 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 - 36 months
Part time
Full time
5,320 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 36 months
Price 5,320 GBP
(Non-EU full time: 12,850 GBP)