Underpinned by a theoretical framework of children's rights, this multi-disciplinary programme is designed to encourage students to take a rigorous academic and analytical approach to contemporary issues in childhood which are of relevance to those working or intending to work with or on behalf of vulnerable children.
The curriculum is subject to change to keep up with policy developments.
Designed for professional and personal development, as well as academic. We aim to enable you to develop a multidisciplinary approach to childhood issues within the context of current policy developments. Students come from a variety of disciplines and professions including medicine, education, law, social care, psychology and sociology.
The Child Studies MA is a demanding study program that concentrates on an academic and analytical approach to modern-day issues of childhood. The course features a range of modules that are highly relevant to those who are working or intending to work with vulnerable children. We welcome graduates from a variety of disciplines and professions including medicine, education, law, social care, psychology and sociology.
The programme combines a range of required and optional modules up to a value of between 180 and 190 credits. In addition to a compulsory dissertation, you will take required modules covering Children’s Rights and Child Protection, and then choose from a wide range of relevant optional modules, such as Social Justice and Education Policy, and Psychology and Learning. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will be delivered over two years, and you will study the four required modules in the first year and research methods training and the dissertation in Year two. However, there is some flexibility and you may prefer to study three required modules in Year one and the remaining modules in Year two.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays, reports, examinations, presentations, research proposals and case studies. The dissertation is an extended piece of writing of 16,000-words.