Childhood and Youth Studies - MA

University of Sunderland    Faculty of Education and Society

Full time & Part time October MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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Are you passionate about working with children and young people? Take your career to the next level with our groundbreaking MA Childhood and Youth Studies programme. Whether you choose to study full-time or part-time, you'll graduate with one of three MA degree titles, each tailored to specific pathways. Our experienced lecturers, with professional backgrounds in children and young people, will guide you through a range of modules, helping you understand theoretical perspectives and reflect on current legislation and practice. With flexible options for work commitments and childcare, this programme opens doors to careers in early years provision, youth work, social work, and more. Join us and make a difference in the lives of children and young people.

About the course

Passionate about working with children and young people? Ready to take your career with children and young people further? Then this ground-breaking and highly-flexible postgraduate course could be perfect for you.

The MA Childhood and Youth Studies course can be studied either full-time or part-time. Depending on the pathway you choose, you will graduate with one of three MA degree titles:

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Entry Requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least an upper-second class honours degree (usually a 2:1 or above) or equivalent. Experience may be counted towards your application.

We welcome graduates from a wide range of areas; such as social sciences, psychology, education, and health.

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Student Profiles

Ruth Walker

"I chose to come to university to improve my knowledge and understanding, allowing me to become a more informed practitioner in my line of work. I currently work as a manager of a youth work organisation, teaching part time, so I wanted to expand my scope and future possibilities by exploring the teaching element of my work further.

The University of Sunderland has a fantastic reputation with regards to youth work and the department is renowned for their contributions to the field. As a youth work practitioner, I believed that the knowledge and teaching content would be beneficial to my practice and allow me to develop my skills.

I’m really enjoying being back in an academic environment. The teaching and guidance from the University staff is complex and challenging, encouraging me to broaden my reading. Sunderland is so supportive of students and they’re enabling in terms of both personal and educational development. Returning to higher education, you realise how much you’ve forgotten about being part of a class and what it brings to your life. Every time I attend a lecture or seminar, I have the most wonderful experience and it’s brilliant having the chance to engage in dialogue and debate with such a diverse group of people.

Once I graduate from my masters, I hope to spend more of my time teaching others and sharing my passion for youth work.”

Adam Hendry

"Before I came to university, I was studying at college and working part-time, which wasn’t giving me a lot of gratification. I realised that the University could offer me several opportunities at undergraduate and postgraduate level to do something I’m really interested in.

Having lived in Sunderland all my life, it’s a place very close to my heart, so when it came to making a decision about where to study, I knew there would be no better place. The University has some amazing facilities, which I knew would benefit me and offer me the opportunity to improve not only as a practitioner, but as an academic.

I enjoyed the way my lecturers challenged me at undergraduate level to start thinking differently. It helped me feel empowered to push myself academically and ultimately progress to studying at postgraduate level. One of my favourite aspects of the masters course is definitely the placements, being given the freedom to express my views and ideas into my youth work practice. Academic life aside, I’ve also loved getting involved with the social side of things by playing for the University’s football team.

My advice to any prospective students would be to choose a subject you’re passionate about, enjoy every minute and get involved with as much as you can during your studying. Make the most of the opportunities available to you, as the University has so much to offer.

Since graduating from my BA Criminology, several work opportunities have presented themselves to me. However, I chose to continue studying at masters level to improve my academic skills and further enhance my employability by gaining my JNC Youth Work qualification. Once I graduate, I hope to take up a career as a youth worker and put the work I’ve dedicated the last four years of my life to into practice. There have been talks with my tutors of a PhD and the potential of lecturing, and although I’m not sure this is something I want to pursue, it really demonstrates how far I’ve come since attending university.

I’d sum up my whole experience of studying at the University of Sunderland as life changing. Thanks to both of my courses, I now have the skills, knowledge and confidence I need to step into my first role when I graduate.”

Sunday Ojo

"Although I’ve been in the banking industry for over a decade, working with children and young people alongside this is where I realised my true passion. I’m currently the Director of Operations of the Okonofua Foundation, a charity which involves organising activities for young people, assisting in the homes of children and awarding scholarships.

I decided to pursue a masters degree as I wanted to gain more knowledge in this field, and having researched the University of Sunderland online, I instantly fell in love with what they had to offer. As well as having fantastic facilities on campus, the course provides three different pathways to choose from, and the admission process was seamless from start to finish.

I’m really enjoying the course so far and my lecturers have been great, helping me and the other international students to really settle in. The teaching methods are excellent, and the classes are interactive, making them more enjoyable as it gives us all the opportunity to engage in a discussion with each other on various topics.

I’m currently working at a residential centre for young people, which has allowed me to put the skills I’ve learned from the leadership module into practice. In the future, I hope to continue following my passion within the childhood and youth sector and I’d love to revive my blog to try and reach out to even more young people via social media.

I would strongly recommend the University of Sunderland to anyone who is thinking of coming to study here. Everything from the teaching methods to the library facilities to the environment within the classroom is brilliant. Not only that, but the city of Sunderland itself is a wonderful place to live, and affordable too. I have enjoyed every minute of my studying.”


£1,000 tuition fee reduction for international postgraduate students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 tuition fee reduction


All international students studying on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

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1. Care Leaver status - (on 1 September of your year of entry)
You must be aged under 25, a home student studying full time, undergraduate course or full-time taught Post Graduate programme and at least one of the following: spent 13 weeks or more in the Care of the Local Authority between your 14th and 16th birthday, were privately fostered until the age of 16, were 'looked after' until you were subject to a Special Guardianship Order.

2. You must be a (i) full-time undergraduate student or full-time postgraduate student on a taught programme.
You must be anyone who is aged 25 or over by 1 September 2019 and applying for, or currently studying, full-time at the University of Sunderland. You must be either studying for an undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019, applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree.


1. Estranged students - (on 1 September on your year of entry)
Studying a full-time, undergraduate or taught postgraduate course, UK (Home) student, you are irreconcilably estranged from both parents/carers.

This means that either: You have had no contact at all with your parents/carers for at least 12 months and this is unlikely to change OR
You can demonstrate on other grounds that you are irreconcilably estranged from your parents (e.g. in exceptional circumstances, or assessed as independent by Student Finance England or by a local authority because you are estranged from both parents/carers).

2. You must be a full-time undergraduate or full-time postgraduate taught programme student.
You must be aged 25 or under by 1 September 2019. And either:
a) Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland undergraduate degree (includes Foundation degrees, Extended degree programmes and Top-Up degrees) which will start in 2019.
b)Applying for, or currently studying, a full-time University of Sunderland postgraduate degree.

*You must be a 'Home' student
If you are classed as an ‘EU’ or ‘International’ student, you are not eligible for this scholarship.

*If you are applying for or studying one of the following courses then you are not eligible for this scholarship:
• Continuous Professional Development (CPD) course.
• English for Academic Purposes (EAP) language course.
• PHD students

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 cash scholarship for each year of study (including placement year) for care experienced or family estranged students.


For full-time home undergraduate and postgraduate students under the age of 25 on 1 September 2019 for care experienced or family estranged students.

Application Procedure

If you indicate that you are a Care Leaver on your UCAS application form you will automatically be sent a letter and an application form, once you have an unconditional offer with us. This is usually at the end of August. Alternatively, if you inform us that you are an Estranged Student via online enrolment you will also automatically be sent a letter and an application form.

For students who apply directly/via clearing, if they inform us during online enrolment that they are care experienced or estranged we will send them an email outlining how to apply.

We will request confirmation from local authorities or Student Finance England of your eligibility for this Scholarship. If you choose not to disclose your care experienced or estranged status at enrolment stage you can inform the Access to Higher Education team directly by emailing

You may apply for this Scholarship at any point throughout your course; however, payments will not be backdated for previous years’ study. If you are eligible for the We Care Scholarship you may also qualify for an additional support package.

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