Childhood and Youth Studies

University of Sussex

12 months
16750 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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We scrutinise the differing political and ethical claims on childhood and youth that inform contemporary policy and practice with the Childhood and Youth Studies degree offered at University of Sussex.


You’ll be exposed to new and original ways of thinking about children and young people. You’ll be able to:

  • communicate effectively with child- and youth-focused professionals
  • carry out empirical research with children and young people
  • transfer your analytical, writing and other skills to the workplace.

Key facts

  •  Childhood and Youth Studies degree offered at University of Sussex is placed 11th in the UK.
  • You’re taught by School of Education and Social Work faculty, drawing on expertise from both the Department of Education and the Department of Social Work and Social Care.
  • Childhood and Youth Studies at Sussex offers you the opportunity to study modules across anthropology, international development and child rights, sociology, gender studies, sexual health, psychology, media and social work.


You may already have a professional qualification in social work, teaching, youth work, early years or related fields and wish to specialise further in the field of childhood and youth studies.

Our MA is ideal for advanced practitioners, leaders and managers, project development and policy officers, and others working with children and young people in local, national and international agencies in the statutory and non-governmental sectors.

Whatever your level, this MA provides an excellent step into doctoral-level study in any academic discipline or profession concerned with childhood and youth.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Academic and Research Skills
  • Current Developments in Childhood and Youth Policy and Practice
  • Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Activist Media Practice
  • Anthropology of Childhood
  • Curriculum, learning and society
  • Foundations of Education Policy, Planning and Development
  • Restorative Justice: Domestic and International Approaches
  • Childhood and Youth in Global Perspective; Rights, Protection and Justice
  • Teachers: policy and practice in lnternational contexts
  • Youth Justice

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits


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.
Upper 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 (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.
95 (required)
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.
67 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above, or be able to demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level.

  • Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, and in certain circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. You may be accepted on to the course if you have equivalent professional qualifications and/or professional experience. We particularly welcome applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential, enthusiasm and commitment to study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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