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Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies MA

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Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies MA

October 2021
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,000 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Lee Jerome

The children’s workforce needs innovative and creative leaders who are confident to work with diverse communities to promote social justice. This programme builds on the diversity of London as a global city to empower you to transform conceptions of practice with children and young people, and to lead innovation in a changing world.

Why study MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies at Middlesex University?

In increasingly diverse societies it is essential that professionals have confidence in engaging with all forms of diversity and the skills to promote social justice. You will begin to think about childhood and education through the lens of ‘diverse societies’ which means you can learn through a comparative approach, and also develop your understanding of the diversity within societies.

You will be enabled to develop a critical and nuanced understanding of how childhood and education are constructed and experienced differently, reflecting the importance of context and the intersectional identities of individuals. You will have the opportunity to apply cutting edge theoretical and research-informed knowledge to your employment, if you already work in the sector or to voluntary experience, if you are not in relevant employment.

This course is ideal for graduates with an interest in working with children and families in the community, or taking a role within formal education.

Course highlights

  • You will explore exciting and innovative theoretical perspectives throughout the course that draw together insights from a range of thinkers and practitioners from around the world
  • You will have "real-world" opportunities to contribute in bringing about change through volunteering and work-related modules
  • You will have the opportunity to develop advanced research and presentation skills, culminating in a conference presentation and a journal article.

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What will you study on the MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies?

The course is built around the following core ideas:

  • Diversity
    You will explore how people have tried to make sense of difference and how these ideas can help us think critically about diversity by looking at feminist, queer, and anti-colonial perspectives. You will focus on these fresh insights to help you think about practice in new ways.
  • Policies
    You will complete in-depth analysis of how policies affect children and young people drawing on case studies from a range of interesting contexts around the world.
  • Social justice
    You will be given opportunities for placements and work experience modules which have a focus on having an impact in the real world.

What will you gain?

You will learn how to think with theory to help tackle old problems in innovative and exciting ways, and understand how policy shapes practice, and crucially, how practitioners can work with policy to promote social justice. You will reflect on your own strengths and development needs to be better placed to have a positive impact as well as being able to utilise, conduct and evaluate research to help others.

  • Modules

    • Interrogating Policy and Practice for Social Justice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will investigate how policy works to define and reflect diversity, how professionals enact policy and how it affects children and young people by using case studies from around the world. You will develop your capacity to critically understand and work with policy to pursue social justice in a context that is relevant to your work interests.

    • Dangerous Ideas: Thinking with Theory to Problematise Childhood and Education (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will focus on a range innovative theoretical frameworks to question common-sense perceptions of diversity in order to generate new insights into practice with children and young people. You will focus on putting these ideas into practice, generating novel solutions to real-life problems.

    • Researching Children’s and Young People’s Lives (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on practical research strategies for working with children and young people. You will encounter and use a range of strategies and examine the legal and ethical aspects of undertaking research. You will develop practical skills and devise a research proposal for an individual research project.

    • Communities of Change: Making a Difference through Service Learning (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is about volunteering or working within an organisation to contribute to improving children’s lives. Placements can be in informal education settings, charities, museums, community groups or any other relevant organisation. The focus is on learning through making a positive difference and developing advanced skills for employability.

    • Enacting Policy: Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will support you to evaluate the impact of an innovation you design and to report the findings to demonstrate your ability to have a positive impact on practice.

      This module is aimed at those who are already employed in a role working with children.

    • Individual Learning (30 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you to design your own unique learning project. A supervisor will help you identify your own learning objectives and guide you to structure a project that meets your own individual interests.

    • Professional Practice Research Project (60 credits) - Optional

      This module will give you the opportunity to devise and conduct your own research project with young people. The outcomes will be reported through a conference paper, presented at the university, and a research article, written in the format of an academic journal. Practical workshops and an individual supervisor will provide support to develop your practical skills and confidence required to communicate your findings in the required formats.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies taught?

The main modules on theory and policy will provide a strong spine to the programme and ensure your cohort develops a strong identity. Research methods are taught in the first semester, and this enables you to undertake your own research project in semester two. Optional modules can be scheduled to fit around your placements.

You will have the option to undertake practice-based learning. If you are already working, you can complete an action research project in your own workplace to develop leadership skills – innovating and evaluating inclusive practice. If you're not yet working in your preferred sector, you will be supported to find a placement where you will be able to learn through working or volunteering in organisations working with children.


All modules are assessed through coursework, spread throughout the year, and all coursework is supported by formative tasks and feedback from tutors. You will share your own research through a conference paper and journal article in order to develop your advanced presentation skills. All the assignments will focus on developing your practical skills and applying knowledge to the real world.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies support your career?

The course will help you build a career in a number of roles related to working with children and young people, for example as a stepping stone into teacher training, as an education officer in a third sector organisation, or as a youth worker.

At the outset, you will have the opportunity to plan your own personalised route through the programme (with an experienced supervisor) to ensure you build the skills and competences most suited to your career aspirations. This plan will incorporate the assignments you complete, the research you conduct and the placements you are offered, to ensure you build a coherent evidence base for future employers.

Dr Lee Jerome
Course Leader

Dr Jerome has expertise in children’s rights, citizenship education and service learning.

Dr Jacqueline Harding

Dr Harding leads on the Research Methods module. She is a respected specialist in children’s television, developing innovative research strategies and consulting widely with television production companies.

Dr Mona Sakr

Dr Sakr leads the Dangerous Ideas module, and is also a researcher on children’s digital lives.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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