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Child Studies MA

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Overview

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.


Key benefits

  • 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.

Key information

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

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Education and Professional Studies

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Course detail

Description

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 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.

Further literature

Programme brochure

Course format and assessment

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.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules
  • Children’s Rights (30 credits)
  • Child Protection (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

Choose modules totalling 60-70 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Child Health and Development (30 credits)
  • Global Childhoods (30 credits)
  • Multi-disciplinary Practice with Children and Young People (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Internship Module (30 credits)

You will also study one ‘Education’ module from:

  • Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
  • The Social Context of Schooling (30 credits)
  • Social Justice & Education Policy (30 credits)

You may take up to 30 – 40 credits of optional modules from another study programme, subject to approval from the Programme Director.

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 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.

Application closing date

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.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £7,200 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £14,910 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £3,600 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,455 p.a. (2017/18)*

*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. 

Deposit                                                   

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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

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.

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