Brunel University London

Course Introduction

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.

Aims: Through an examination of ethnographic cases from around the world (including the UK), you will learn about the different ways in which childhood and youth are understood and conceptualised. You will explore the different educational forms and processes through which cultural knowledge is transmitted and acquired, and how culture impacts upon these processes. Candidates will acquire analytical and research skills that can be used in a wide range of careers. In addition to providing a firm grounding for doctoral research on childhood and youth, graduates will find that the degree enhances professional development in fields such as teaching, social work, counselling, educational and child psychology, health-visiting, nursing and midwifery, paediatric specialisms, non-governmental agencies and international development.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,000 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,400 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £4,000 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £4,000 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £7,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants need to have 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification; Applicants with other degrees along with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants need to have an IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).
  • IELTS score: 6.5