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Children, Youth and International Development

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
 1519 Points
1 Year

Program Description

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.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
TOEFL (internet based)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.

Information about 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 accepted qualifications:

  • 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.

Other accepted English qualifications:

  • BrunELT (Brunel English Language Test): 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • Trinity ISE
  • LanguageCert
  • City & Guilds ESOL, IESOL adn SESOL (no expiry)
  • European Baccalaureate Year 7 (Except English Language 4)
  • Duolingo

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.


Students from the programme 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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