Brunel University London

Course Introduction

**About the course**

The Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education MSc was the first degree of its kind in the world when it was established and is still unique in its thoroughgoing anthropological perspective on what it is to be a child or to be young.

Its key organising principle is that understanding children requires the study of how their relations with others ' peers, older and younger children, parents, teachers and other adults ' inform their practices, identities and world views.

The distinctiveness of this degree derives from an anthropological approach that focuses on the importance of children’s and youth’s perspectives, and on the role that education (formal and informal) plays in children’s learning processes and in the transmission and acquisition of cultural knowledge.

**Special features**

You can choose your own research topic and geographic area, in consultation with your academic supervisor. The dissertation research project provides valuable experience and, in many cases, leads to job contacts, forming a bridge to a future career or time out for career development. Our students have undertaken fieldwork in locations across the world, including in India, Mexico, Bolivia, China, Nepal and Morocco as well as in the UK and in Europe.

**Teaching and learning**

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.


You can apply the analytical and research skills that you develop on our courses to a range of careers. For instance, the degree enhances professional development in fields such as midwifery, general practice, nutrition, public health, non'governmental agencies and international development.

Course Modules

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

Ethnographic Research Methods <p>

Dissertation in Childhood, Youth and Education <p>

The Anthropology of Childhood <p>

The Anthropology of Youth <p>

Anthropology of Education <p>

Anthropology of Learning <p>

Thinking Anthropologically <p>

Anthropology of the Body <p>

Anthropology of the Person <p>

Kinship, Sex and Gender <p>

Ethnicity, Identity and Culture <p>

International Development, Children and Youth <p>

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

Foundation Disciplines of Education <p>

Literature Policy and Analysis <p>

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Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MSc £3,850 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,400 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £7,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £14,800 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • A UK 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Applicants with other degrees that have relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone.