MA in Children, Youth and International Development

Brunel University London, United Kingdom
MA in Children, Youth and International Development
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
Total Cost KES 3,284,287
Course Accredited By NA
1 Years On Campus Postgraduate Degree

Working with and for young people in the developing world offers an exciting career full of challenges and rewards. Our Children, Youth and International Development MA is a varied course with a global perspective which will help equip you for roles in international development organisations, government ministries and global agencies.

  • You will acquire a breadth of knowledge that will enable you to critically evaluate research, policy and practice in the area of children, youth and development. You will also discover the differing disciplinary perspectives on childhood and youth by studying modules from related disciplines.
  • As you journey through the course, you also will acquire the skills necessary to design and undertake your own research.
  • Opt for the 'Applied Learning' module and you will have the opportunity of a short placement (one or two days a week for ten weeks) with an organisation that works in the field of children, youth and international development.

Examples of the ‘Applied Learning’ placements previously undertaken include:

  • Action Aid – on a campaign targeting exploitation in the garment industry
  • Anti-Slavery International – on a project to eradicate caste-based bonded labour
  • Basti RAM – planned lessons for a Global Citizenship project
  • BookAid International – helped build up an evidence base for Book Aid’s international programmes
  • Commonwealth Secretariat – on the CS’s Youth Programme in Uganda
  • International Refugee Trust – development of the online classroom about refugees
  • National Deaf Children's Society – developed international exchanges for deaf young people
  • Oxfam – mobilised UK school children to get involved in Oxfam campaigns
  • Project Hope – several placements including designing a survey on youth experiences, and developing leaflets to help South African adults to identify signs of mental illness
  • The Mouth That Roars – helped children in London and Saudi Arabia to create videos through which they communicated their everyday lives to each other
  • Additionally, an Erasmus agreement exists between the Brunel MA and the MPhil in Childhood Studies at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.
  • The agreement allows two students from the MA to spend their second term (January to May) at the Trondheim centre. Erasmus students do not pay tuition fees at NOSEB and are entitled to a grant (€375/month) to cover any additional costs.
  • A 30 month part-time option of the course is also available. If you wish to be considered for the part-time 30 month version, please make your application for the 24 month part-time route and then contact the Admissions team to request the change to the 30 month duration.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A UK 2.2 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.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)
  • You will study three core modules relating to children, youth and international development, including the rights and participation of young people, and how to conduct research with children and youth.
  • Later in the course, optional modules offer the opportunity to appreciate how children and youth-related issues are addressed from alternative disciplinary perspectives including anthropology and sociology.
  • Through the placement module you have the opportunity to conduct a sustained project with an external organisation which often provides ideas and knowledge towards your dissertation project.
  • Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
  • Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available. 
  • This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 or 2.5 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • SA5619 - Critical Perspectives on International Development
  • SA5623 - Understanding Childhood and Youth
  • SA5616 - Researching Children, Childhood and Youth
  • SA5615 - Dissertation


  • SA5618 - Anthropology of Education and Learning
  • SA5621 - Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarian Assistance
  • SA5614 - Applied Learning for Children, Youth and International Development

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