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Children, Youth and International Development (Taught)

Brunel University London
1 year
Master's degree
On campus
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Program description

About the course

The Children, Youth and International Development MA will equip you with the conceptual understanding and breadth of empirical knowledge to critically evaluate policy and practice in the area of children, youth and development.

The core modules focus on key issues relating to children, youth and international development, including the rights and participation of young people. They also prepare students in research design and practice. The optional modules offer a unique opportunity to appreciate in depth how children and youth-related issues are addressed from alternative disciplinary perspectives.

This programme is unique within the UK in catering specifically for those working, or interested in working, in the field of children, youth and international development. It employs innovative teaching and assessment methods and offers students the opportunity to engage in placement learning or an Erasmus exchange with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Special features

The Erasmus Link is an exchange opportunity between Brunel University London and the Norwegian Centre for Child Research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. The exchange programme has two places for students from our programme.
The programme is intended to relate to the needs of organisations working in the field of children, youth and international development. Students will have the opportunity to undertake a sustained project with an external organisation as part of a placement module. This may be an organisation with which they already have links, such as a current of former employer. They may also choose to apply their 60 credit dissertation to the needs of an identified community or organisation.

Teaching and learning

You’ll be taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and film screenings.
Assessment is by essay, practical assignments (such as analysis of a short field exercise) and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. There are no examinations.


Our Applied Learning module provides you with the opportunity for placements with organisations such as Action Aid, Anti-Slavery International, the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Refugee Trust, Oxfam and Project Hope.
Our graduates have progressed to careers primarily in international development NGOs or in government ministries and agencies in countries in the global south.

About this institute

Brunel University London

Brunel University London is an international university dedicated to education and research, relevant to the global economy, industry and society. We attract academicsfrom around the world to teach our courses and lead our research programmes. From them, you’ll discover new ways of thinking and...

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