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Child Studies MA



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

  • 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 you to exchange ideas and experiences with those from different disciplines

  • Located in the heart of London.


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

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

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 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 is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


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 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

Full-time students take all 180 credits in one academic year. Part-time students normally take all four 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 three taught modules in year 1 and your remaining modules in year 2 if you prefer.

The days you will be required to be in King's 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 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 Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

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.



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 and 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)*

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2016, payment is due by 30 April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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