M.A. On Campus

Childhood and Youth Studies

University of Sussex

12 months
18975 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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We look critically at 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 explore new and original ways of thinking about and working with children and young people. Through the course, you’ll learn 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.
You can 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 Childhood and Youth Studies MA at University of Sussex is ideal for those thinking of working with children and young people in local, national and international agencies in the statutory and non-governmental sectors, as well as those already working as advanced practitioners, leaders and managers, project development and policy officers seeking to expand and develop their expertise.

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:

  • Curriculum, Learning and Society
  • Foundations of Education Policy, Planning and Development
  • Gender and Identities: Education, Citizenship and Youth
  • Global Childhoods; Rights, Protection and Justice
  • Practice Experience with Children and Youth
  • Quantitative Analysis in International Education
  • The Global Governance of Education and Conflict

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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

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  • International

    18975 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18975 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 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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