Childhood and Youth Studies MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2017

We scrutinise the differing political and ethical claims on childhood and youth that inform contemporary policy and practice.

You’ll be exposed to new and original ways of thinking about children and young people. You’ll be able to:

  • communicate effectively with child- and youth-focused professionals
  • carry out empirical research with children and young people
  • transfer your analytical, writing and other skills to the workplace.

Why choose this course?

  • Social Work at Sussex is ranked 5th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • You’re taught by School of Education and Social Work faculty, drawing on expertise from both the Department of Education and the Department of Social Work and Social Care.
  • Childhood and Youth Studies at Sussex offers you the opportunity to study modules across anthropology, international development and child rights, sociology, gender studies, sexual health, psychology, media and social work.
This course exposes students to a range of interdisciplinary, innovative and critical perspectives on childhood and youth.”Dr Kristine Hickle
Course Leader
Childhood and Youth Studies MA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on to the course if you can demonstrate the ability to study at the appropriate level. 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component). 

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don't meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at eswenquiries@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You study core modules and options. You also undertake a research methods module and a research dissertation.

You’re assessed through essays and case studies of 1,500 to 3,000 words, and group presentations. As part of the dissertation component of the course, you produce a dissertation proposal and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Work placement

We have strong links with a number of local organisations. This helps with securing volunteer work and/or work experience as part of the course. Many of our graduates find employment in non-profit organisations, schools and social-research settings.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Life as a Masters student

Our experts

Prof Robin Banerjee

Prof Robin Banerjee

Professor of Developmental Psychology

Research interests

Developmental psychology, Emotion, Motivation, Psychology, Social behaviour, Social cognition, Youth

View Robin Banerjee's profile

Prof Janet Boddy

Prof Janet Boddy

Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Research interests

child and youth welfare, cross-national methodology, family studies, narrative methods, Research Ethics, social pedagogy, Social work

View Janet Boddy's profile

Dr Anne-Meike Fechter

Dr Anne-Meike Fechter

Reader in Anthropology

Research interests

Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

View Anne-Meike Fechter's profile

Dr Kristine Hickle

Dr Kristine Hickle

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care

Research interests

childhood and youth, Groups, groupwork, human trafficking, sexual violence, Social work, Trauma

View Kristine Hickle's profile

Dr Tish Marrable

Dr Tish Marrable

Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care

Research interests

Autism and Social Care, Bereavement, Death and Dying, disability, Shamanic practice

View Tish Marrable's profile

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

action research, childhood and youth, children's participation, children's social policy, children's welfare, public life, qualitative research methods, social action, Social work, youth inclusion, youth policy

View Sevasti-Melissa Nolas's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 872595
eswenquiries@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the Department of Social Work and Social Care

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,700 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,700 per year
International students:
£15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Scholarships for this course have yet to be confirmed. Please check back later in the year.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You may already have a professional qualification in social work, teaching, youth work, early years or related fields and wish to specialise further in the field of childhood and youth studies.

Our MA is ideal for advanced practitioners, leaders and managers, project development and policy officers, and others working with children and young people in local, national and international agencies in the statutory and non-governmental sectors.

Whatever your level, this MA provides an excellent step into doctoral-level study in any academic discipline or profession concerned with childhood and youth.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Social Work and Social Care were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • manager, East Sussex County Council
  • PPG coordinator, East Sussex County Council Children's Services
  • family placement social worker, West Sussex County Council.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Undertaking the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies helped me to progress my career in children’s rights.”Candice Kelcey-Archbold
Engagement and Participation Manager
Children's Commissioner's Office

Academic and Research Skills MACYS

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

Current Developments in Childhood and Youth Policy and Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

During this module you will interrogate contrasting policy assumptions about what constitutes a good childhood and about how best public policy and professional practice might secure and promote children's rights and well-being. The module curriculum will be organised around selected aspects of childhood and youth policy and practice in and beyond the UK. The rights framework provided by the UNCRC will be employed to structure enquiry. Case examples will be used to focus reading and discussion and these will be closely related to the research and professional practice interests of the student group. The module assessment is a 5,000 word case study. You will be required to negotiate a title that meets the generic learning requirements of the module whilst ensuring relevance to your personal and professional interests.

Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module introduces the field of study from the contrasting perspectives of a number of core disciplines that address the concepts of childhood and youth. Employing a life-span approach derived from developmental psychology and core preparatory readings, the module will present you with a range of disciplinary accounts that currently construct the social categories of 'childhood' and 'youth' within a comparative, cross-cultural frame of reference. These will include the view from law, social policy and social work, education, anthropology and sociology and medicine as well as psychology. Case studies will be used to ground discussion and analysis and enable you to make effective connections between theory and research and the policy and practice contexts in which they work or have a particular interest. The module assessment is two-fold. You will first submit a 1,000 word Review Paper one third of the way into the module for formative assessment and feedback only. On completion of the course a 4,000 word Long Term Paper will comprise the summative assessment. You will be required to negotiate titles in each case that meet the generic learning requirements of the course whilst ensuring relevance to your personal and professional interests.

Activist Media Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Social movements have historically struggled to get their message reported clearly, accurately and effectively through the lens of mainstream media. This has lead to the rise of alternative media practices and strategies to break through or unsettle the corporate and state-run media systems around the world. In order to challenge hegemonic discourses, activist media seeks to circumvent and dismantle traditional media's communicative strategies either through a disruptive aesthetic or through a reconfigured mode of civic engagement. Whether through radical leaflets, pirate radio, graffiti, protest music, performance art, activist videos, political documentaries, or social media and the internet, today's media landscape has evolved into a range of complex transnational networks that can be activated by independent counter-hegemonic media practices and expressions.

This module asks you to learn about various forms of cultural resistance (through readings, screenings, lectures and discussions) in order to to formulate an effective form of activist media provocation. This piece of activist media may take the form of a video, a website, site-specific performance, series of photographs, media prank, etc. You will also be asked to write a reflective essay that contextualises the finished piece within the conceptual debates of the module.

Childhood and Youth in Global Perspective; Rights, Protection and Justice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will explore legal and rights frameworks relating to children and young people with a particular emphasis on international conventions and perspectives. The first part of the module will involve an exploration of three areas of law: children's rights, child protection/welfare and youth justice/offending. 
Explorations of these topics will include an examination of ideas of globalisation and post-colonial critiques where relevant. In the second part of the module case studies will be used to critically explore these issues in relation to practice with children and young people drawing upon examples from the developed and developing world.

An indicative list of practice topics for exploration includes: 

  • Children/young people and work
  • Children and poverty
  • Children and homelessness
  • Children and criminal justice
  • Children and refugee status
  • Children and the family 

The module will make connections between policy and practice approaches to children and youth in majority and minority worlds as well as linking themes such as migration, adoption and child trafficking. We will, however, pay particular attention to the specificities of work within a development context including an exploration of the practice issues asssociated with work in refugee camps and with street children.

Curriculum, learning and society

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of this module is to study how the curriculum, learning, and society interrelate in low- and middle-income countries. It will engage with the major issues, concepts, and theories relating to curriculum development, pedagogy, and social inclusion in education. These will be related to policy and practice. It will address questions such as:

  • What are the patterns of curriculum worldwide and how is curriculum reform being accomplished in different settings?
  • To what extent are equity and social justice enacted through the curriculum and how might this be furthered?
  • What are the processes of curriculum development and what power do teachers and other stakeholders have in deciding what knowledge is included? 
  • What do different definitions of educational quality say about what is valued in education? 
  • What pedagogies are espoused and practiced in low- and middle-income countries and how appropriate are these for different kinds of learners? 
  • What are the pedagogical and social effects of different systems and practices of assessment?
  • How are instructional materials incorporated in educational practice at national and local level? 
  • How does the curriculum relate to local and global cultures and teacher and learner identities? 

The module will engage with these questions at various levels, including especially a study of how macro issues are played out in the micro/meso contexts of classrooms and other educational institutions.

Foundations of Education Policy, Planning and Development

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The changing roles of government in relation to education services have multiple implications for stakeholders in education. This module explores approaches to educational planning and policy issues, and considers the implications of contemporary governance concerns associated with designing and implementing educational reform.

You will gain practical experience in developing education strategies aimed at achieving education and development targets. The module pays particular attention to the various dimensions of the changes in the governance of education.

The module considers key aspects of policy and planning covering the changing international agenda regarding good governance:

  • the changes to educational planning and reforms aimed at ensuring sustainable financing
  • the role of NGOs and communities in designing and implementing change
  • reforms and governance of education paying attention to decentralisation and its impact on how schools are managed and function
  • and approaches to monitoring and evaluating education interventions and programmes.

Restorative Justice: Domestic and International Approaches

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will provide scope for you to explore contemporary restorative justice developments in the United Kingdom and internationally. The module starts by examining restorative justice theory and explores how its principles have been put into practice within the UK and in other countries. You will then examine the relationship between restorative justice and the state as well as the importance of the concept of "community" in assessing whether restorative practices can repair harm. You will also look at whether restorative justice can be used in "difficult" cases including domestic violence, hate crime, and even homicide. Finally, the module explores the use of restorative justice in countries where mass human rights violations have been committed - including genocide. Examples such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the Gacaca courts in Rwanda are just some of the examples of how restorative principles might be used to help repair the harms of the most serious of all crimes.

Teachers: policy and practice in lnternational contexts

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module focuses on how teacher education can be organised to best enable teachers to improve their practice. In addressing this, it is necessary to consider how teachers learn to teach. The importance of the teacher to the teaching/learning process has never been in doubt and yet it is only relatively recently that the spotlight has been put on teachers, rather than on pupils, to examine the ways in which teachers learn and the theories and motivations that underpin their practice. Understanding how teachers learn to teach and how best to facilitate their learning are crucial issues to consider when designing policies to improve education in developing countries.

The aim of the seminars in the first part of the term is to give you a broad overview of some of the major issues, concepts and theories in teacher education and how they relate to practice. In the second part the module looks at contemporary issues related to culture and teacher development, teacher mobility, teacher motivation, supervision and mentoring, and teacher education by distance including the use of ICTs. These are all considered in the context of a variety of developing countries, and include consideration of the role of international aid in shaping the practice of teacher education.

The Global Governance of Education and Conflict

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module seeks to critically examine cutting-edge issues related to educational governance, policy-making and planning in low- and middle-income contexts. Each academic year three or four key issues will be selected, based on current developments in the field of education and international development.

Issues such as the global governance of education in conflict-affected states, public-private partnerships in education, governing teachers, and NGOs and the global governance of education will be selected and taught as a block of two to three sessions. Each block will provide participants with a comprehensive reading list on the topic, discussion and debate on the core questions raised by the selected issue, and a possible final essay question that participants can select.

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