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Children & Youth Studies - Research

The Structured PhD in Children and Youth Studies is an inter-disciplinary programme specialising in research, policy and practice in relation to children and young people. Set in the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the programme explores key aspects of the rights and well-being of children and young people. It does so recognising the complexity and inter-dependence of issues facing contemporary childhoods and youth.

This fast growing area is suited to those working with children and young people across a range of professional and public services including education, psychology, social work, health, law, social policy, NGO and research settings. As a PhD student you will join a dynamic team of researchers working in the area of children and youth in the School of Education, as well as across the university through our role in the Centre for Childhood and Human Development, Geary Institute.

The programme is especially relevant to those who are interested in deepening analysis and understanding of the rights and wellbeing of children and young people across a range of services and settings.

An accelerated PhD (W246) is also available for this programme for part-time students who transfer from the MSc in Children and Youth Studies. Please contact the course director for further details.


W245 (p/t); W244(f/t)
3/4 years full-time: 5/6 years part-time

Further enquiries

Larissa Lamb

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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