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Author: Gill Clifton

Postgraduate study: Education, Childhood & Youth

Updated Monday, 13 December 2021
Want to build on your undergraduate study or further develop your thinking as a postgraduate? Here you will find a number of OpenLearn courses to help with the skills needed for postgraduate online distance learning.

Illustration of people studying, teaching and reading, books and digitally on laptops and mobile Perhaps you work with children and young people or are a teacher thinking about taking your learning to the next level? Or you might simply want to know more about research and how you can take your research interest further.

On this page we have brought together a number of courses that look at aspects of postgraduate study including what it is like to study online, the skills needed at postgraduate level and insights into the OU's Masters in Education and Masters in Childhood & Youth qualifications.

 Photo of a man studying and writing Wherever you wish to take your learning next, there is a course here that can help with that next step.

Looking Globally: the future of education and Becoming an Ethical Researcher are OpenLearn Courses both embedded in the OU's Masters in Childhood & Youth (F55) & Masters in Education (F70) qualifications. A full Masters qualification is studied in three Stages over three years (maximum six years) but you can step off after the first and second years to claim a Certificate or Diploma respectively.

Our OpenLearn courses and our qualification programme emphasise real-world issues and problem-solving skills, which are highly valued by employers. Practice and policy are central to postgraduate study and will encourage you to think critically about how to apply your learning to your own context.

A word cloud from some students when studying the Masters in Education programme. Keywords students identified when thinking about their experience of Personal Development Planning (PDP) when studying on the Masters in Education programme.

If you would like to know more or have any questions please email We will continue to add to this page so please keep checking back for the latest updates.

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