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Our MA Child Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to meet the needs of professionals and graduates working or intending to work with or on behalf of children and young people. It is of particular relevance for anyone in a child safeguarding role, including social workers, child and family lawyers, named or designated health practitioners, teachers, police officers and NGO staff.
Our study programmes are delivered by internationally renowned speakers, clinicians and academics.
We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to childhood issues and current policy developments.
You will study modules based on contemporary issues in child protection and children's rights.
We provide opportunities for you to collaborate, share ideas and experiences with others from different disciplines.
Application status Open
Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180-190 / ECTS 90-95
Programme accreditations Carries Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Bar Council CPD points
Course intake Approximately 10 FT, 15 PT
Course leaders Dr Jenny Driscoll
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Education and Professional Studies
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
You will normally be required to have a 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to work with children and/or substantial professional work experience in a relevant field.
Please submit an application form, transcripts of your previous degree(s) or results to date if the degree is yet to be completed, and two references, including at least one academic reference.
Your personal statement should explain why you would like to take the MA Child Studies, and how it would contribute to your career plan or development. It would be helpful to state where your particular area of interest lies, and how that specialism would be enhanced by a multi-disciplinary approach. If your first degree is in a subject not related to issues affecting children, you should set out what professional or other skills and experience you would bring to the programme.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
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.
Choose modules totalling 60-70 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:
You will also study one ‘Education’ module from:
You may take up to 30 – 40 credits of optional modules from another study programme, subject to approval from the Programme Director.
Our graduates frequently progress to senior practitioner posts involving child-related work. Many students have found that the multidisciplinary aspect of the programme has opened up unexpected or unique opportunities, including research or policy positions with some of the larger children's charities. Recent graduate destinations include Anna Freud Centre, Barnardo's, St Christopher's residential child care services and local authority children's services.
"My research interests include the health needs of asylum-seeking children and public health related paediatrics. I joined Child Studies as co-director for health in 2006 and love the opportunity to reflect on my work from an academic perspective as well as learning more from multidisciplinary perspectives."
"The courses that I lead offer an opportunity to read, reflect and conduct research into an aspect of educational policy. I can testify the rigour of the courses and the quality of the library and other facilities that are essential to the development of critical scholarship."
"What attracted me was the multi-disciplinary dimension to the course which would enable me to gain deeper understanding and appreciation of the different disciplines that work together in the interests of children. The course and modules have been extremely well planned and thought out."
"Child Studies was taught by university staff members as well as external lecturers, which enabled us to study current research and policy developments, as well as problems in practice. My studies at King’s benefited me in many ways and I can highly recommend this programme."
"As a graduate of MA Child Studies, I am convinced of the value of a multi-disciplinary approach to childhood issues, the importance of evidence-based research to professional practice, and the stimulation and excitement of learning with and from others from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds."
"The small cohort of Child Studies students allows students and staff to get to know one another, making this MA a rich and rewarding experience. The network of contacts that students develop and foster throughout these programmes will be invaluable to a future child-related career."
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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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