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Childhood in Society (MA) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-X30F
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Childhood in Society MA features interdisciplinary and international perspectives, including anthropology, education, psychology and social policy. At Warwick's Centre for Education Studies, ranked 3rd by the REF 2014, you will receive specialist guidance while engaging with debates, analysis and critiques of current practices.


This course has an interdisciplinary and international perspective, which includes anthropology, education, psychology and social policy. You will engage with 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.

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.


Core Modules

  • Intercultural Approaches to Childhood
  • Foundation Research Methods in Education
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

This programme has a number of optional modules to choose from. At least one optional module should have a childhood focus. Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date.


Depending on which term modules run, you'll attend one or two 3-hour seminars each week during the Autumn and Spring Terms of modules plus research methods training lectures and seminars throughout all three terms. If you are a part-time student the number of modules you take each term will depend on the length of your course. You will have two optional modules to select in total. Depending on the modules you select, sessions consist of presentations, group discussions, case studies and self-study. Some modules are available online. Seminar group numbers vary depending on the modules that are selected. Assessment types vary depending on modules selected but may be a mixture of assignments and oral presentations. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff.

Skills from this degree

  • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current issues within childhood
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of research strategies and techniques appropriate for use with children and childhood research
  • Utilise research originally and critically to interpret and apply knowledge
  • Evaluate existing methodologies within educational research
  • Develop new hypotheses to provide new insights into children’s lived experiences and professional practice.

Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Additional Course Costs

You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Academy 360; Ark Schools; British Council; Department of Education; E-Act; Oxfordshire County Council; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal Academy of Engineering. They have pursued roles such as: actors, entertainers and presenters; business, research and administrative professionals; chief executives and senior officials; education advisers and school inspectors; further education teaching professionals and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Education
  • Careers with Children and Young People
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.