Brunel University London

Course Introduction

<u> <b>About the course </u> </b> <p>

The Children, Youth and International Development MA will equip you with the conceptual understanding and breadth of empirical knowledge to critically evaluate policy and practice in the area of children, youth and development.

The core modules focus on key issues relating to children, youth and international development, including the rights and participation of young people. They also prepare students in research design and practice. The optional modules offer a unique opportunity to appreciate in depth how children and youth'related issues are addressed from alternative disciplinary perspectives.

<b>This programme is unique within the UK in catering specifically for those working, or interested in working, in the field of children, youth and international development.</b> It employs innovative teaching and assessment methods and offers students the opportunity to engage in placement learning or an Erasmus exchange with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. <p>

<u> <b>Special features </u> </b> <p>

The Erasmus Link is an exchange opportunity between Brunel University London and the Norwegian Centre for Child Research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. The exchange programme has two places for students from our programme.

The programme is intended to relate to the needs of organisations working in the field of children, youth and international development. Students will have the opportunity to undertake a sustained project with an external organisation as part of a placement module. This may be an organisation with which they already have links, such as a current of former employer. They may also choose to apply their 60 credit dissertation to the needs of an identified community or organisation. <p>

<u><b>Teaching and learning </u> </b> <p>

You’ll be taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and film screenings.

Assessment is by essay, practical assignments (such as analysis of a short field exercise) and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. There are no examinations. <p>

<u> <b>Employability </u> </b> <p>

Our Applied Learning module provides you with the opportunity for placements with organisations such as Action Aid, Anti'Slavery International, the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Refugee Trust, Oxfam and Project Hope.

Our graduates have progressed to careers primarily in international development NGOs or in government ministries and agencies in countries in the global south.

Course Modules

<b>Typical modules </b> <p>

Study Skills <p>

International Development, Children and Youth <p>

Young Lives in the Global South <p>

Researching Children, Childhood and Youth <p>

Global Agendas on Young People, Rights and Participation <p>

Dissertation <p>

Anthropology of Education <p>

Anthropology of Learning <p>

Anthropological Perspectives of Humanitarian Assistance <p>

Anthropological Perspectives of War <p>

Psychological Development <p>

Sociology of Youth and Youth Work <p>

Social Policy <p>

Contemporary Issues in Youth and Community Work <p>

Applied Learning for Children, Youth and International Development

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £7,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,800 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • A UK 1st or 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social science, education studies, childhood studies, youth work, international relations, development studies or related discipline; other disciplines and qualifications with relevant experience in international development work or work with children or young people will be considered on an individual basis and an interview may be required; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in all areas); TOEFL paper-based test 580 (with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with a minimum of 20 in reading, listening, speaking and writing); Pearson 58 (with a minimum of 51 in all areas); or BruneELT 65 per cent (with a minimum of 60 per cent in all areas).