M.A. On Campus

Childhood and Youth Studies

University of Sunderland

12 months
13750 GBP/year
6750 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop your understanding of children, childhood and youth. Choose from three different pathways, depending on your interests, previous experience and career goals. Graduate capable of working in a wide range of sectors. The Childhood and Youth Studies degree is offered at University of Sunderland.


Passionate about working with children and young people? Ready to take your career with children and young people further? Then this ground-breaking and highly-flexible postgraduate course could be perfect for you.

The MA Childhood and Youth Studies course from University of Sunderland can be studied either full-time or part-time. Depending on the pathway you choose, you will graduate with one of three MA degree titles:

  • MA Childhood and Youth Studies
  • MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Early Years Graduate Practitioner Competencies)
  • MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Youth Work, professionally validated and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC))

You will be taught by experienced and passionate lecturers with professional backgrounds in children and young people, early years and youth work. You will study a range of modules and gain an understanding of the theoretical perspectives through which childhood and young people are currently understood and defined within interdisciplinary contexts. You will also reflect critically upon current legislation, policy, and practice relating to children and young people. 

Why us?

  • A Masters degree unique in the North East
  • Professionally validated and recognised by the JNC, this pathway is a professional qualification*
  • In September 2020, the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network announced Early Education and Childcare practitioners are now classified as Associate Professionals (Major Group 3 – Professional) instead of ‘Teaching and Childcare Support Occupations’ (Major Group 6 – Non-professional). Being Associate Professionals enhances graduates’ chances of gaining appropriate graduate/professional employment in the early childhood field
  • Early Years Graduate Practitioner Competencies are endorsed by the ECSDN
  • We have a long history of offering Childhood and Youth Studies courses at undergraduate level
  • We have been providing education and training for professionally qualified Youth Workers for over 40 years
  • We allow for flexibility around work commitments and childcare

Programme Structure


  • Leadership in Community Contexts
  • Negotiated Study
  • Childhood and Youth Studies Dissertation
  • Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies 
  • Theorising Childhood and Youth Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications for most masters courses are open all year round, but we highly recommend that you apply for your course at least six months before it starts. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We usually require applicants to hold at least an upper-second class honours degree (usually a 2:1 or above) or equivalent. Experience may be counted towards your application.
  • Those who are interested in the MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Early Years Graduate Practitioner Competencies) or MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Youth Work, professionally validated and recognised by JNC) should have a relevant degree in the area and some experience working with children and youth respectively. An interview and satisfactory DBS will also be essential for entrants interested in either of these two pathways.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6750 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Sunderland

758 - 1438 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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