Taught course

Childhood and Youth Studies

University of Sussex · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree; exceptionally other candidates may be accepted who demonstrate ability to study at the appropriate level.

Months of entry


Course content

This is an interdisciplinary and interprofessional MA offered in collaboration with anthropology, education, psychology, law and sociology. It enables you to bring a range of contrasting disciplinary and professional perspectives to bear on policy, practice and research with children and young people.

New research in developmental, psychological, sociological, anthropological, cultural and educational domains is used to scrutinise the differing political and ethical claims on childhood and youth that inform contemporary policy and practice.

This MA sharpens your analytical and writing skills, and exposes you to new and original ways of thinking about children and young people. The course provides research and training tools for completing empirical research with children and young people. These skills and tools are transferable to the workplace. The interdisciplinary nature of the training also results in post-qualifying students developing a broad knowledge base to communicate effectively and successfully with a wide variety of child- and youth-focused professionals.


You are assessed through essays and case studies of 1,500-3,000 words, and group presentations on core modules and options. As part of the dissertation component of the course, you produce a dissertation proposal and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Two core modules introduce the distinctive field of childhood and youth studies and explore key aspects of policy, practice and research. From the second term onwards, you tailor your learning by opting to study research- or practitionerfocused options on topics that fit with your own interests. Finally, a research methods module and a research dissertation or work-based project provide the opportunity to apply in-depth scholarship to professional practice.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 872595