Taught course

Children, Youth and International Development

Brunel University, London · Social Sciences, Media and Communications

Entry requirements

  • A UK 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Social Science, Education Studies, Childhood Studies, Youth Work, International Relations, development studies or related discipline.
  • Other disciplines and qualifications with relevant experience in international development work or work with children or young people will be considered on an individual basis and an interview may be required.

Months of entry


Course content

Working with and for young people in the developing world offers an exciting career full of challenges and rewards. Our Children, Youth and International Development MA is a varied course with a global perspective which will help equip you for roles in international development organisations, government ministries and global agencies.

You will acquire a breadth of knowledge that will enable you to critically evaluate research, policy and practice in the area of children, youth and development. You will also discover the differing disciplinary perspectives on childhood and youth by studying modules from related disciplines.

As you journey through the course, you also will acquire the skills necessary to design and undertake your own research.

Opt for the 'Applied Learning' module and you will have the opportunity of a short placement (one or two days a week for ten weeks) with an organisation that works in the field of children, youth and international development.

Examples of the ‘Applied Learning’ placements previously undertaken include:

  • Action Aid – on a campaign targeting exploitation in the garment industry
  • Anti-Slavery International – on a project to eradicate caste-based bonded labour
  • Basti RAM – planned lessons for a Global Citizenship project
  • BookAid International – helped build up an evidence base for Book Aid’s international programmes
  • Commonwealth Secretariat – on the CS’s Youth Programme in Uganda
  • International Refugee Trust – development of the online classroom about refugees
  • National Deaf Children's Society – developed international exchanges for deaf young people
  • Oxfam – mobilised UK school children to get involved in Oxfam campaigns
  • Project Hope – several placements including designing a survey on youth experiences, and developing leaflets to help South African adults to identify signs of mental illness
  • The Mouth That Roars – helped children in London and Saudi Arabia to create videos through which they communicated their everyday lives to each other

Additionally, an Erasmus agreement exists between the Brunel MA and the MPhil in Childhood Studies at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

The agreement allows two students from the MA to spend their second term (January to May) at the Trondheim centre. Erasmus students do not pay tuition fees at NOSEB and are entitled to a grant (€375/month) to cover any additional costs.

A 30 month part-time option of the course is also available. If you wish to be considered for the part-time 30 month version, please make your application for the 24 month part-time route and then contact the Admissions team to request the change to the 30 month duration.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,735 (F/T)
International students
£16,825 (F/T)

Learn more at the postgraduate funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-30 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1895 265599