Research course

Issues in the 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 School of Health, Wellbeing and 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 language brokers; LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and young people questioning their sexuality or gender identity), mental health; children and pain, ME in childhood; parenting at a distance; professional identities; youth justice; young masculinities; special educational needs; and ‘different childhoods’.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

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