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Still time to apply for these Fall 2014 Master’s programs

University of Sussex – MA in Childhood and Youth Studies

It’s not too late to apply to for a September start for the Masters in Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex. MACYS is a one year taught Masters closely linked to the dynamic Centre for Innovation in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) which runs many exciting projects in areas such as digital childhoods, children’s political participation, and the everyday lives of young people in care. The MA course is taught by leading researchers and practitioners and we support MACYS students to become researchers in their own right as well as practitioners with specialist knowledge and skills. If you would like to find out if MACYS is right for you contact Professor Rachel Thomson (, and explore our websites:

University of Gloucester – MA Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Our popular taught Masters programme for people working within the realm of children’s play is open for applications until the 15th August for a September 14 start. Offered part time via distance/blended learning, our programme is accessible to all no matter where in the world you live. For more info:



Open Evening: MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights

We are still accepting applications to the MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights (2014/2015) at the Institute of Education, University of London!
Come and find out more at an Open Evening on Thursday 10 July, 17:00-19:30. Book your place here:
This masters degree will:

  •  introduce you to a range of current theories about childhood and the practical issues of promoting children’s rights
  • critically explore social constructions of childhood, and the implications these have for professional practice with children
  • enable you to take account of children’s interests, views and rights, and understand the complex relations between the protection, provision and participation rights defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to: 

  • develop your critical analytical skills, to improve your professional practice
  • gain an understanding of sociological, socio-legal and political theories and concepts of childhood and children’s rights, including a recognition of the varied childhoods experienced by children in the richer minority and poorer majority worlds
  • increase your awareness of the importance of including children’s own views when planning and providing for them.
      • understand the rights and responsibilities of people concerned with the care, education, health, welfare, advocacy or control of children and young people

Who is this programme for?

All those working with and for children and interested in the field of children’s rights, especially those working in children’s services such as health and education, social care and family policy, youth work, the justice system and advocacy work for children and young people.

New MA in Vulnerabilities and Protection at the University of Sheffield

The Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield is pleased to announce the launch of a new MA in Vulnerabilities and Protection starting  in September 2014.

The aim of the programme is two-fold:

1) To examine vulnerabilities, violence and protection across the life course in national and cross national contexts from different disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, social policy and social work.

2) To enable students to explore real life examples of ways in which theory and policy influence and inform practice.

These aims will be achieved by examining at both national and cross-national levels and all stages of the life course:

  1. the social construction of vulnerabilities, violence and protection;
  2. the impact of contemporary socio-economic, cultural and political dynamics on perceptions and patterns of vulnerabilities, violence and protection;
  3. the policy and practice responses of statutory, voluntary and community agencies in various contexts to the issues of vulnerabilities, violence and abuse experienced across the life course. 

Please download the flyer for more info: MA Vulnerabilities & Protection flyer