Taught course

Children, Youth and International Development

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Qualifications
MSc

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.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • 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 2 childhood studies Master's degrees in the UK with an international focus.
  • We offer student support and have a range of research resources.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Geography, Environment and Developmental Studies
Email
geds@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
020 3073 8000