Taught course

Childhood and Youth: Applied Perspectives

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Applied Social Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Honours degree in a medical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological, chemical science or a related science subject.


Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Your own interests will drive the direction of this course as you identify and address the latest theoretical concepts, evidence and research that are relevant to your individual practice.

You will have a rare opportunity to critically appraise and shape new ideas as they emerge, and enhance your understanding of the links between theory, research, evidence and policy development and its application to the design and delivery of services to children and young people.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Key features

  • Study and evaluate relevant research and practice, synthesise information from a range of sources, and work with a high level of autonomy and self-direction.
  • Explore the cultural and social constructions of childhood and youth, and the impact they have on the everyday lives of children and young people.
  • Develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of childhood and youth studies, and cultivate an analytical approach to contemporary methodological theories and developments.
  • Gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of the complexities surrounding the relationship between children’s rights, the ideologies and responsibilities for welfare, and the application of these elements in the experiences that effect children’s and young peoples’ lives.
  • Benefit from enhanced career prospects by applying your new learning and expertise in professional contexts.

This MA is designed to allow you to build upon your knowledge and critically consider the theoretical underpinning of societal responses to a range of needs, through policy development and service delivery across children and young people’s sectors in a globalised context.

The majority of units are designed and taught by colleagues within the Department of Applied Social Studies or the Institute of Applied Social Research, winners of the 2013 Queen’s Anniversary prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges. The departments are recognised for their contribution to policy and practice.

This high quality context is coupled with the opportunities and added value of our extensive professional networks. Partnerships from across private, public and voluntary sectors provide input to courses, as well as research opportunities, practice teachers, placement opportunities and voluntary work experience, making it truly ‘applied’.

Career opportunities

The course will allow you to achieve high levels of personal enquiry with the ability to understand the broader context of the discipline of social policy with particular regard to children and young people.

This knowledge and the ability to apply it, together with the collaborative approach adopted in the teaching and learning strategy, will offer you a transformative experience and equip you with the qualities and skills necessary for employment at a high level across the sector.

Qualification and course duration


full time
2 years months

Course contact details

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