Manchester Metropolitan University

Childhood and Youth Studies

This award provides an opportunity for both existing and aspiring professionals connected with children and young people to reflect deeply and critically on the relationship between the structures and policies offered by societies and how these interact with individuals' self-actualisation.

The full time MA Childhood and Youth Studies is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements. As well as (30 credit) taught units of study, this course also provides opportunities to gain practice experience in UK educational contexts (via optional unit choice), and every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.

We welcome applications from non-EU internationals who are supported at every stage by Manchester Met International.

For further information about full and part-time routes please contact Dr Martin Needham,

Features and Benefits

- Study at our £139 million new Brooks Building which has world-class facillities for teaching and learning

- Close collaboration with the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), including guests speakers and conferences

- Teaching staff have specialist experience in their field and many are actively involved in research nationally and internationally

Entry requirements

Standard Manchester Met Uni admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.
International applicants need to demonstrate English Language requirements at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules include: Introduction to Educational and social research design; international comparisons of childhood. Two optional units from the following: Collaborative research project; globalisation, social justice and social change; identity, equality and empowerment in childhood; independent study; key issues in managing diversity, disability and special educational needs; practice based project; transformative and ethical leadership in educational settings. Dissertation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework driven modules. There will be no formal examinations for this course.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 1 1 Years

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