Taught course

Childhood and Youth

Institution
Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold, or be close to completing a first or second-class undergraduate degree in a social sciences or humanities subject. However, other applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate, through recent and relevant experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Course Aims

Childhood and Youth Studies is a growing field of inquiry across the social sciences. This course offers a unique opportunity to study in one of the UK’s leading centres for childhood and youth based research. The aim of the programme is to help students develop the ability to critically analyse dominant understandings of childhood and youth, learn about methodological approaches to research with children and young people, and consider the impact of childhood and youth policies and practices through a sociological lens. The programme is suitable for students wishing to work in child and youth-focused research, policy and advocacy roles in the private, public and voluntary sector, both nationally and internationally. It provides a good foundation for those wishing to go on to further training in a variety of professional fields involving work with children and young people, such as education, health and social care, family policy, youth work, justice, international development and charity work. The programme will also be attractive to individuals already working with children and young people in a range of different roles and professions.


Special Features

The programme is distinctive because it offers exciting opportunities for students to work in a truly inter-disciplinary social science environment and to benefit from a breadth of substantive, theoretical and methodological expertise with leading childhood and youth scholars. Members of the School of Social Sciences Childhood and Youth Research Group operate at the forefront of public policy debates, advising and steering at local and national levels on a range of contemporary issues (e.g. sexualisation, domestic violence, adoption) and drawing on their own world-leading research. Two of the modules on the programme are taught as a cluster of day-long workshops, each focusing on cutting-edge policy and research issues. These modules will appeal to practitioners and policy makers who want to enhance their substantive or methodological knowledge on key areas of childhood and youth policy and practice. They also provide the opportunity for students on the full programme to engage with contemporary issues and debates through a more focused and practical lens, with leading specialists in the field.

Two of the modules on the programme are taught as a cluster of day-long workshops, each focusing on cutting-edge policy and research issues. These modules will appeal to practitioners and policy makers who want to enhance their substantive or methodological knowledge on key areas of childhood and youth policy and practice. They also provide the opportunity for students on the full programme to engage with contemporary issues and debates through a more focused and practical lens, with leading specialists in the field.

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Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in the other sub-sections.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
SOCSI Taught Masters Administrator
Email
socsimasters@cardiff.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)29 2087 0284