Research course

Health and social care of children, young people and families

Open University · Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). Masters level qualification with evidence of research methods at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

The Children and Young People Research Group in the Faculty of Health & Social Care brings together academics and research students conducting social, sociological and critical psychological research into the lives of children and young people and policy/practice applications.

The group has strengths in a range of methodologies including:

  • psycho-social methods;
  • critical discourse analysis;
  • biographical and life-history research;
  • historical methods;
  • and secondary analysis of archived data sets.

Particular areas of expertise include:

  • gender identities, exploring mothering and fathering as social identities;
  • child protection, parents’ perspectives and needs;
  • parenting and inequalities;
  • professional identities;
  • youth justice;
  • special educational needs;
  • and ‘different childhoods’.

The group holds a regular seminar series and works collaboratively with academics and students across the University who are interested in children and young people, including the International Development Centre, the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) and the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG).

Current/recent research projects
  • The construction of ADHD – a discursive psychological approach to the talk of mothers of children with ADHD.
  • Adoptees view on international adoption into Italy.
  • Disabled motherhood: changing times/Becoming a Disabled mother.
  • A psychosocial study of fathering identities.
  • Street children in Zimbabwe.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
15 months


part time
72 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Lindsay O’Dell, Director of Postgraduate Studies