Research course

Children, Young People and Families

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us (research-degrees-team@open.ac.uk). MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Research in the area of children, young people and families spans across three faculties, bringing together academics and research students conducting social, sociological and psychological research into the lives of children and young people, and related policy/practice applications. Academics in this area work 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).

Key facts
  • Three faculty perspectives: health and social care, education, and social sciences.
  • Thriving interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Opportunities and support provided for research students to attend workshops, seminars and conferences at other national and international institutions.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University websitehttp://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Lindsay O'Dell, Director of Post Graduate Studies
Email
HSC-Research-Enquiries@open.ac.uk