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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 15 Months
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course is aimed specifically for those wanting to work with children and/or families in a variety of settings. It will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue or develop your career in areas such as early years, nursery worker or manager, family support worker/manager, child protection, pastoral support roles in primary education. It runs alongside the MA in Childhood, Youth and Family Studies: Youth Work Pathway.

Your studies will provide a broad level of understanding which will allow you to build your knowledge and critically consider the theoretical underpinning of work across children’s, youth and family services. You will explore the cultural and social constructions of childhood, youth and families, including the impacts that such constructions have on children and young people’s everyday lives.

This course offers evidence-based knowledge and skills acquired from theory, practice, research and policy to the changing contexts of childhood, youth and families in a globalised world. You will be able to understand the relationship between children’s rights, the ideologies and responsibilities for welfare and the application of such in the diversity of experiences across children’s, young people and family lives.

This course will enhance your employability and career prospects across professional boundaries within children’s and young people’s services by facilitating the identification and the application of new learning within professional contexts.

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Why Study in the School of Applied Social Sciences?

  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Part of the SASS change makers initiative

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree

Applicants should have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree and the required English language qualification

Entry requirements


  • Applicants should have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree

Applicants should have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree and the required English language qualification


This course is designed to enable you to enhance your career prospects by broadening and deepening your knowledge and understanding of lives of children and young people and the services available to them. Students often go on to work in areas such as youth work, social welfare, education, specialising either in children, young people or family work. This course also helps students to progress into more senior positions and further develop their practice, or go on to become policy-makers.

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

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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