Research course

Child and Youth Studies

Open University · Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

Child and youth studies is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). We draw on a range of approaches and methodologies including those from developmental psychology, childhood and youth studies, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. Themes include:

  • children and young people: experiences, identities, spaces, voice and agency
  • young people: gender relations, masculinities and femininities
  • the impacts of social and cultural change on children and young people
  • learning, education, disability and technology
  • the development of thinking, social relationships and representations
  • international perspectives on childhood and youth.

Childhood and youth studies researchers have good contacts with pre-school institutions, schools, young people and families. We are an active inter-disciplinary group with a research income of over £1,800,000 since 2001.

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

International perspectives on childhood and youth Contemporary issues in childhood and youth Children’s involvement in the design of health and educational spaces and settings Children and young people’s agency, participation and voice, and children and young people as researchers Children and disadvantage Mother-infant relations and social development in infants Literacy, language and narratives, particularly in relation to impairments Use of technology Socio-cognitive development: collaborative learning; critical thinking; problem solving and memory and peer relationships The development of thinking, social relationships and representations Socio-cognitive development: collaborative learning; critical and creative thinking and peer relationships

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Mrs Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 655364