Taught course

Childhood and Youth

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary. For more information and details on how to apply, read more about The Open University's MA in Childhood and Youth.

Months of entry


Course content

This postgraduate degree offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth – covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. It is ideal if you are a graduate professional working with children and young people and seek to advance academically and professionally. It’s also suitable if you’re not currently working with children or young people but are looking to move into this professional field. The degree deepens understanding and develops practice through a wide range of case studies within a global context that links theory to practice. It explores the many different contexts of children’s and young people’s lives, analysing policy and organisational changes and exploring what it means to be a critical, reflective practitioner.

It also offers you flexibility within the final dissertation module, where you’ll choose between a small-scale inquiry or an extended literature review and research proposal. It will be of particular interest if you have completed an undergraduate degree in Childhood and Youth Studies, Early Years or Early Childhood, Education Studies (Primary), Social Work or Health and Social Care.

Information for international students

This qualification is also available in the Republic of Ireland and Continental Western Europe.

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
0300 303 5303