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Child Studies MA



The MA Child Studies at King’s 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.

Key benefits

  • Multidisciplinary approach

  • Largely taught by external expert speakers, as well as King's staff from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds

  • Centres around contemporary issues in child protection and children's rights

  • Opportunity for students to exchange ideas and experiences with those from different disciplines

  • Located in the heart of London.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two 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

Programme Director: Jenny Driscoll: +44 (0)20 7848 3101

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Education and Professional Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

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.

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

Your personal statement should explain why you would like to take the Child Studies MA, 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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


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.

Course purpose

Designed for professional and personal development, as well as academic. We aim to enable our students 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.

Further literature

Programme brochure

Course format and assessment

Full-time students take all 180 credits in one academic year. Part-time students normally take all 4 taught modules in Year 1, and research methods training and the dissertation in Year 2. However, there is some flexibility, and you may choose to take 3 taught modules in Year 1 and your remaining modules in Year 2 if you prefer.

The days you will be required to be in College will partly be dependent on the optional modules you choose. The compulsory Children's Rights module for all first years, as well as various workshops, will run all day on Thursdays in Semester 1. The compulsory to attend Research Methods module, taken in the year you complete your dissertation, will take place on Fridays in Semester 1, although you have the option of attending on a Wednesday evening instead if you prefer. Child Protection will run on Thursdays across the two semesters. The Child Studies optional modules will all run on a Thursday or Friday, and “Education” modules will run in the evening on Tuesday or Wednesday (or possibly Thursday in 2015/16).

A draft timetable and an introductory reading list can be found on the departmental Welcome to King's page. You may also wish to see our departmental programme study page, where you can find details of the next Open Evening.

Details of the assessment for each module can be found within the module descriptions below.



Career prospects

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; local authority children's services.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£6,900 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£14,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,450 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£7,125 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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