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Children, Youth and International Development (Part-Time)

M.Sc.
24 months
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7600 GBP/year
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This specialist Master's degree in Children, Youth and International Development (Part-Time) at Birkbeck, University of London is one of the very few in the UK that focuses on childhood and youth studies within their international context. You will explore how childhood and the experience of being a child are defined and experienced in different times, places and cultures.

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Overview

You will develop a sociological understanding of how childhood is constructed differently across cultures and we will also look at how childhood is influenced and shaped by wider changes within societies. 

The Children, Youth and International Development (Part-Time) programme at Birkbeck, University of London focuses on children, childhood and youth in an international context, so you will consider how global forces, including society and economy, international development and war, shape the experiences of children and young people worldwide. You will also explore other factors that shape childhood, including class, gender and ethnicity. By the end of the course, you will have an advanced understanding of how the complex interaction of the global and the local shape the experience of childhood. 

You can choose from a range of option modules in human geography, international development and sociology. One of our option modules is an international field trip, which will deepen your understanding of globalisation, cultural change, urbanisation and economic development, while also developing your research skills in the field. 

This course will be of interest to anyone working, or intending to work, with children in service provision, in social policy or in international development, particularly in culturally diverse settings, or anyone who has an interest in cultures of childhood. You will study in an environment of active research, taught by world-leading scholars in the field, and you will develop the skills you need to design and produce high-quality, independent research. 

Highlights

  • This specialist Master's degree will give you a deep understanding of how childhood is understood and experienced in different global contexts.
  • Our location in Bloomsbury, central London gives you easy access to a wide range of research resources, including the Birkbeck Library, the LSE Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE), the Royal Geographical Society and Senate House Library (University of London).
  • The Department of Geography has contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions, which can lead to important networking opportunities. 

Careers and Employability

Graduates go on to careers in education, international development and social policy settings. Possible professions include social worker, community development worker, or learning mentor. This degree can also be useful in becoming a learning mentor or youth worker.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • International Political Economy of Childhood
  • Researching Children and Childhood
  • Social Studies of Childhood: Key Concepts and Issues
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Development
  • Anthropology, Culture and Development
  • Cities and Urban Inequalities Level 7
  • Contesting Culture
  • Critical Social Geographies

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Previous experience or study of international development issues and/or childhood studies may be an advantage. 
  • Two references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4175 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4175 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

Funding

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