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Child and Adolescent Studies

This full-time course explores childhood and youth from multiple theoretical perspectives drawn from the social sciences. It is relevant for anyone working with children and young people, looking to extend their skills.

Qualification: MSc

Credits: 180

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: One year

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

This course is of interest to anyone working with children and young people across health, education and social care services.

Specifically it will appeal to:

  • school nurses
  • health visitors
  • children's nurses
  • teachers
  • social workers
  • early years practitioners
  • youth workers
  • volunteers working with children and young people
  • children's centre staff
  • public health practitioners
  • working in local authority services for children and young people.

This programme will benefit those who are looking to extend their academic skills and will contribute to continuing professional development.

You can choose to study this course full-time or part-time.

If you would like to find out more about this course and meet with the course leader, come along to a postgraduate open evening.

What will this course cover?

Our MSc in Child and Adolescent Studies will explore childhood and youth from multiple theoretical perspectives drawn from the social sciences including: psychology, sociology, social policy and health.

The current government is committed to children and young people evidenced by its commitment to Early Years, Education and Health Visiting in the recent public spending review.

Therefore, the topics explored in the course will be pertinent to practice and will allow students to develop their research skills in their particular area of work or interest.

The programme is designed as a multi-disciplinary course, appealing to a broad range of people who are working with, or have an interest in, children and adolescents.

The teaching team come from a variety of backgrounds and experience, enriching your experience and professional background. You will also benefit from guest speakers who are specialists and experts in their field.

The programme is designed for flexibility so that you can focus on your area of practice or research interest.

The MSc in Child and Adolescent Studies will be awarded on successful completion of the requirements for the postgraduate diploma and a 60 credit dissertation.

Year One

  • Perspectives of Childhood
  • Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth
  • Challenges in Childhood
  • Research Methods
  • Nutrition for Health Exercise and Wellbeing
  • Dissertation: Independent Study
  • Leading Teams in Multi-Agency Settings
  • Comparative Safeguarding Studies

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants do not need to be in work while undertaking this course. 

Applicants will normally hold a good (2.1 or above) related first degree in the social sciences or be able to demonstrate appropriate experience in working with children and young people.

Consideration will be given to applicants who do not hold a full degree but that can demonstrate academic competence through the demonstration of their critical writing ability at the interview stage, considerable experience in working with children and young people and/or exceptional academic work at undergraduate level (for example a module undertaken at Level 6).

Candidates with professional qualifications and directly relevant work experience may be considered.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview for entry onto the programme.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2015 to August 2016 entry
Home and EU students: £7,300 per year.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Home and EU students: £7,450 per year.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

How do I apply?

To make an application for this course please download and print the following forms:

Application form
Guidance notes
Academic Reference form
Clinical Reference form
Fee authorisation form

Once these are complete please return them to:

Student Recruitment
Bucks New University
106 Oxford Road

Alternatively, if you contact the enquiries team, then they can post you a hard copy application pack.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

On completion of this course you should be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and exhibit independent thinking in making
recommendations for practice.

You will have developed a critical understanding of the challenges that exist for children and young people in today's society including issues around child protection, sexual exploitation, loss, bereavement and vulnerability.

You will be able to show conceptual understanding of the historical perspectives of
childhood including the social construction of childhood and how this impacts on the
understanding of today's youth.

Other areas of study will include contemporary issues that affect children's health and social wellbeing such as current health, education and social policy, crime, anti-social behaviour, risky behaviours and sexual health.