Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People MA

Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People MA

School of Social Work, Care and Community


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two or Three years. Attendance is usually weekly on Wednesday afternoons and evenings with occasional teaching on other days.

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Why study this programme?

The MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People will enhance your knowledge and academic confidence. It provides specialist knowledge in children’s rights and participation and child safeguarding as well as an introduction to a broad range of practical, legal and theoretical approaches.

Aimed at practitioners working with children and young people who wish to update their knowledge or develop their ability to critique and innovate in their practice, the course is also suitable for recent graduates seeking to specialise in this area.

The course has local links to voluntary and statutory sector provision for children and young people in social work, education and health. It is also part of the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights and through this provides opportunities to engage with international networks.  

Entry Requirements

Minimum award of 2.2. at first degree level or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

If taken full time, the 3 fixed modules and 3 of the 4 options plus the dissertation are all studied in one year. (Part-time study year given in brackets)

Three fixed modules (year 1 if part-time) 

  • Theorising Childhood and Adolescence
  • Childhood in Law and Welfare
  • Safeguarding Children

Year 2

Three modules chosen from four options (year 2 if part time) 

  • Designing and planning a research project
  • Global perspectives on Children’s Participation
  • Social Pedagogy: Theory and Practice
  • Social Policy and Practice (work-based learning)

PLUS (year 2 or 3 if part time)

  • Master’s Dissertation

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

If a full-time student cannot continue their studies then there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People which is detailed in the programme specification. To be eligible for this award, a student must have obtained 60 credits.

For any MA student who cannot continue their studies and who has 120 credits, there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Practice with Children and young People. 


Students have access to a well-stocked library and wide range of on-line resources including the latest journals in the field.

In addition to teaching through informal class based discussion and self-directed study there are options of:

  • A module co-taught with children and young people
  • A work-based learning module 
  • Research
  • Conferences and seminars

Students can access the seminar series run through the School of Social Work, Care and Community, where leading international scholars present their latest research to staff, students and practitioners.

The teaching staff have practice and academic experience and include some of the leading international authors in the field.

Each module has clear Learning Outcomes and the student is assessed through a combination of presentations and written assignments. The choice of assignment subject is open, to enable each student to focus upon their specific interest while evidencing they have achieved the learning outcomes. Each piece of work must meet the 50% mark to pass and assignments are submitted and marked electronically.

The wider benefits of choosing to study at UCLan include; lecturers who build confidence and skills in professionals who are returning to academic study. The peer support from other students and networking opportunities are significant. Free access to complimentary lectures and seminars with international researchers and academics. Library access 24/7 with online access to library resources, blackboard facilities, gym, student discount, complimentary software and study support.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

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