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Childhood, Youth and Social Policy MA

Childhood, Youth and Social Policy MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration Children / Youth (Social Work)

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA Childhood, Youth and Social Policy course explores children and young people’s lives in diverse contexts and related social policy debates. It critically examines current advanced research on children, young people and families with reference to relevant theories and concepts in human geography and the wider social sciences. This programme will develop your understanding of the key concepts and theorisations of childhood and youth, as well as enhance your knowledge on children and young people’s lives across the Global North and South. This MA programme will also help develop your skills in a range of research methods, especially those relevant to the study of childhood and youth and attentive to young people’s ‘voice’. You will complete an independent research project on themes related to children, youth and/or families. Our MA Childhood, Youth and Social Policy demonstrates the role of social policy research in shaping wider policy processes and professional practice.

We are committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to enhance your employability in diverse professional environments. This course will also increase your competitiveness for PhD studentships in the social sciences. On successful completion of this programme, you will have developed a range of personal development skills in addition to the knowledge and understanding gained in subject-specific content. These include written and oral communication skills, managing personal learning, collaborative working, and leadership skills. You will learn about diverse strategies for communicating research findings to academic and non-academic audiences.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module critically examines key concepts, approaches and debates on children, young people and families in the field of social policy. The module will be divided into a number of blocks. Each block will consider a particular theme, or set of themes, concerning key debates on children, young people and social policy.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in a social sciences subject or equivalent overseas qualification recognized by Loughborough University. Applicants with appropriate professional expertise will also be considered.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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