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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.
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.
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 3101https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Programme Director: Jenny Driscoll: +44 (0)20 7848 3101https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Child Studies Dissertation (60 credits)
Children's Rights (30 credits)
Child Protection (30 credits)
All students are also required to attend research methods training in the year that they complete their dissertation. You can choose to be assessed for credit in the Research Methods module as one of your optional modules if you wish.
Child Health & Development (30 credits)
Global Childhoods (30 credits)
Multi-disciplinary Practice with Children (30 credits)
Research Methods (30 credits)
Internship Module (30 credits)
1 "education" module from: Psychology & Learning (30 credits), The Social Context of Schooling (30 credits) or Social Justice & Education Policy (30 credits; not available in 2015/16)
A relevant 30-40 credit module from another programme, to be approved by 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; 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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