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Children, Youth and International Development MSc

Children, Youth and International Development MSc

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Youth Development Children / Youth (Social Work) Child Development (Education) Developmental Psychology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our MSc Children, Youth and International Development 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. 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.

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.

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.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Modules

This module is for students who are doing their dissertation on a child- or youth-focused topic in development studies or geography. It allows you to develop a deep understanding of the theoretical and empirical academic research on the specific issues posed by doing research with children and young people. It is assessed by a research journal and is taught through six tutorial-style classes which are highly interactive and engage in depth with specific issues posed by research on and with children and young people: ethics, voice and participatory methods, visual methods, and autobiography. This is a compulsory module for students on the MSc Children Youth and International Development who take it alongside research methods for dissertation. If you are on another programme you must contact the module lecturer, Karen Wells, before choosing the module.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£8,820

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£16,020

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry 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.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more