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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

Your own interests will drive the direction of this course as you identify and address the latest theoretical concepts, evidence and research that are relevant to your individual practice.

You will have a rare opportunity to critically appraise and shape new ideas as they emerge, and enhance your understanding of the links between theory, research, evidence and policy development and its application to the design and delivery of services to children and young people.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Find out more about the course from Dr Sandra Roper


  • Study and evaluate relevant research and practice, synthesise information from a range of sources, and work with a high level of autonomy and self-direction
  • Explore the cultural and social constructions of childhood and youth, and the impact they have on the everyday lives of children and young people
  • Develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of childhood and youth studies, and cultivate an analytical approach to contemporary methodological theories and developments
  • Gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of the complexities surrounding the relationship between children’s rights, the ideologies and responsibilities for welfare, and the application of these elements in the experiences that effect children’s and young peoples’ lives.
  • Benefit from enhanced career prospects by applying your new learning and expertise in professional contexts.

This MA is designed to allow you to build upon your knowledge and critically consider the theoretical underpinning of societal responses to a range of needs, through policy development and service delivery across children and young people’s sectors in a globalised context.

The majority of units are designed and taught by colleagues within the School of Applied Social Studies or the Institute of Applied Social Research, winners of the 2013 Queen’s Anniversary prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges. The departments are recognised for their contribution to policy and practice.

This high quality context is coupled with the opportunities and added value of our extensive professional networks. Partnerships from across private, public and voluntary sectors provide input to courses, as well as research opportunities, placement opportunities and voluntary work experience, making it truly ‘applied’.


Units

  • Dimensions Of Childhood And Youth (ASS077-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In Childhood And Youth: Applied Perspectives (ASS011-6) Compulsory
  • Models And Methods Of Social Investigation (ASS010-6) Compulsory
  • The Conceptual Framework Theories Shaping Public Policy For Children And Young Peoples Services (ASS009-6) Compulsory
  • Complexities Of Forced Migration, Human Displacement, Trafficking And Refuge (ASS064-6) Optional
  • The Participation Of Children And Young People In Research, Policy And Service Delivery (ASS025-6) Optional
  • Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation And Associated Forms Of Harm (ASS081-6) Optional
  • Young People Group Offending And Violent Crime (ASS016-6) Optional
  • Youth Justice: Current Issues And Critical Perspectives (ASS015-6) Optional

Assessment aims to enhance the learning experience rather than simply provide academic hurdles to be surmounted. Nonetheless it must offer a reliable test of the student's level of academic attainment. To achieve this, the assessment methods used must relate closely to the intended unit learning outcomes as evidenced in the UIFs, whilst allowing the student maximum scope for creativity in fulfilling them The assessment strategy is intended to enable students to: 1. Show originality in the application of knowledge and understand how the boundaries are advanced through research,. 2. Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and show originality in tackling and solving problems, and, 3. Have the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments. The range of assessment methods to be used will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in a variety of ways reflective of different learning styles and will ensure the focus upon a critical awareness of the literature and the application of knowledge into practice with regard to the current social and political frameworks. Formative assessment is integrated at the start to allow for a level of reflection. A focus upon the application of theory to policy and practice would be expected within such an `applied award and students will be expected as part of the assessment process to consider the impact of such knowledge on both policy and practice, especially via the critical appraisal of case studies and the identification of best practice. Feedback on assessments, and the reflections gained through the portfolio, will enable students to critically assess their learning and develop where necessary. A range of appropriate and effective assessments will enable students to demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge and skills. The assessment methods used across the course include: - Written essay assignments - these may vary from concise reviews of current research, analysis of case studies to more in-depth synthesis and evaluation of broader topics and demonstrate your ability to provide written evaluation and synthesis of current scholarship. - Oral presentations a that demonstrate verbal and presentational skills in communicating complex and challenging tasks to others - The Dissertation allowing you to undertake a complex research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations demonstrating your ability to implement and deliver a self directed, complex and solution focused professional task. The assessments will develop incrementally across the course and allow students to gain skills and acquire knowledge, receive feedback on their performance, thus allowing students to implement knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments. There is a progression point, with an exam board, to confirm students can progress from PgDip to dissertation stage. At the end of the course the assessments will demonstrate students ability to analyse, evaluate and syntheses current knowledge and communicate this knowledge in both written and presentational formats, and to demonstrate a range of high level transferable skills, attractive to prospective employers and as evidenced in the course learning outcomes.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 


This course will equip you to work as senior practitioners and managers in children and young people’s services within the broad areas of Education, Welfare and Youth and community work and in a wide range of professional roles.

This is supported by developing your knowledge-base, and a theoretical and methodological grounding, sufficient to enable you to make an original academic and/or practice contribution to your agency and their professional field.

The course will also equip you with the robust skills to complete a dissertation, which you can apply to enhance the quality of service provision in your area of professional practice, and/or contribute to the broader research arena.

The choice of optional units and the dissertation offer opportunities to specialise in areas of particular interest allowing you to develop and demonstrate your expertise.

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student