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Children, Youth and International Development (MA) - Brunel

Brunel University London
On campus
 3749 Points
1 Year
Apply date
Jul 2024
Start date
Sep 2024

International Scholarships for September 2024 (Brunel)

Brunel University London offers scholarships for this postgraduate program. Apply through Brive until 31st July.

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Program Description

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

With the master in Children, Youth and International Development (MA), 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 different disciplinary perspectives on childhood and youth by studying modules from related disciplines.

As you journey through the master in Children, Youth and International Development (MA), you also will acquire the skills necessary to design and undertake your own research.

Entry Requirements

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Course Content

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.


Teaching and Learning

A range of teaching and learning techniques are employed on the course including lectures, seminars and workshops, most of which will encourage your active involvement in discussion and debate.

Staff also place a strong emphasis on tutorials, typically in groups, where you will focus on developing your study skills (critical reading and writing), careers support, and exam and assignment preparation.

In addition, one-to-one tutorials are available for more personal course support such as exam feedback, developing research proposals and dissertation supervision.



Critical Perspectives on International Development

Gain a theoretical and historical overview of the changing relationship between anthropology and international development as you learn to understand the multiple ways in which anthropological research can enhance our understanding of contemporary policies and practices in international development.

Understanding Childhood and Youth

This module will introduce you to the study of childhood and youth as they are constructed and practiced in different social, cultural and economic settings. The first section focuses on children, looking first at how ideas of childhood are constructed by adults, the second section is devoted to young people.

Researching Children, Childhood and Youth

In this module you will develop a critical appreciation of the methodological approaches and research methods used in the study of children, childhood and youth, including considerations for cross-cultural research. Topics include designing research, fieldwork, ethical issues, data collection and analysis, and the writing of research findings.


In this key module you will carry out a major research project on a subject of your choice within children, youth and international development using the application of appropriate research methods.

Jobs - Careers

Students from the program have progressed to a variety of careers in different types of organisations, primarily in international development NGOs such as:

  • AbleChildAfrica
  • ADRA
  • Anti-Slavery International
  • in government ministries and agencies like the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Trinidad and Tobago
  • British Council

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