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MA Childhood in Society


The MA Childhood in Society ( Open Route) has an interdisciplinary and international perspective which includes: anthropology, education, psychology, sociology and social policy. You will engage with the debates, analysis and critique of current international and national research-to-policy/practice initiatives, and the sometimes competing paradigms in research with children and childhood.

Course Aims and Benefits

You will develop an awareness of key theoretical, empirical and policy oriented studies of children (0-18 years) and childhood. You will gain a familiarity with interdisciplinary perspectives and frameworks in the study of children

and childhood and you will be able to demonstrate a critical engagement with debates on key childhood related themes, including children’s rights, multi-agency support for children and the global child. You will also develop an understanding of key issues in academic and public debates in relation to children and become familiar with the diversity of children’s experiences over time and space.

Entry Requirements

Normally candidates should hold, or expect to hold, at least a lower second class honours in a first degree from an approved institution in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Sciences or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have professional qualifications in education, social work, or health care professions or equivalent experience will also be considered. Overseas students must also hold a score of 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent.


The course comprises three compulsory Core Modules and a choice of two Optional Modules. The MA in total is equivalent to 180 credits (CATs) as follows:

Core Modules:

Module Code
Module Title
Credits (CATs)
Rethinking Children and Childhood
IE 909
Foundation Research Methods (generic)

 Optional Modules:


Children, Participation and Social Inclusion 30
IE 994 Gender, the Body and Identity in the Context of Childhood 30



Each of the four 30 Cats module is assessed by a 5,000 word assignment. You will also complete a dissertation of 20,000 words.