36 months
10230 GBP/year
10230 GBP/year
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This Childhood and Youth programme from The Open University UK offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth – covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. It’s for graduates with a background in childhood and youth studies; sociology; health and social care; anthropology; psychology; or education.

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The Childhood and Youth programme from The Open University UK  would be particularly relevant for those working with, or aspiring to work with, children and young people, as well as those who want to advance academically and professionally.

Key features of the course

  • Equips you with the critical tools to analyse policy and to reflect on your own practice.
  • Designed to help you develop professionally and meet the diverse and changing needs of children and young people.
  • A strong focus on multi-agency working and inter-professional practice.
  • Offers a choice between a short research project or literature review.

Career relevance

This MA course will be attractive to professionals working with children and young people who are graduates and seeking to advance academically and professionally, as well as those with a related degree but not currently working with children and young people who are looking to move into the profession, and people considering moving between professions within the sector. It should also be of interest to people in a managerial or supervisory role, to senior members of the workforce, and those seeking to move into senior or managerial positions.

This MA in Childhood and Youth will have a strong appeal for students who have completed the BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies, BA (Hons) Early Years or Early Childhood, BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) or the BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care. The content of the qualification will be relevant to graduates working in early years provision, education, social work, nursing, healthcare, youth work, youth justice and the voluntary sector including charities and NGOs. You should ensure that you check entry requirements for specific professional areas before embarking on study. 

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Children and young people’s worlds 
  • Frameworks for critical practice with children and young people
  • Masters multi-disciplinary dissertation:education, childhood and youth​ 
  • Continuing professional development in practice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent) to study this course. Your degree can be in any subject, although childhood and youth studies, sociology, health and social care, anthropology, psychology or education are particularly relevant.

Tuition Fee

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The total cost you pay for your qualification is dependent on the modules you choose to study. With us, you pay for your modules as you study them, rather than the whole qualification up front.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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