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Masters degrees in Childcare train postgraduates in how to care for infants and young children, from sixteen weeks to approximately 13 years. Programmes cover a variety of care provisions, from child minding to day-care centres, and may include the ability to specialise in caring for vulnerable children.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Child Health & Social Care and Childhood Practice. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Childhood Studies, Social Work or Social Science.
On one of these courses, you’ll learn to work with a range of children, families and other care providers, studying how to offer support to young children in several contexts. Depending on your interests, you may choose to work with children who suffer from disability and illness, or those in vulnerable settings.
For example, you might explore service provision such as community welfare and social care, whereby professionals support disadvantaged children and families within the community.
You might also explore other settings such as children’s homes, foster homes, rehabilitation units or juvenile correction centres.
As well as the careers mentioned above, you could also find work within public administration or humanitarian aid, to name a couple of possibilities.
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This postgraduate degree offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth – covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. Read more
Gain an advanced understanding of how children learn and develop through play with our Master’s degree in Developmental and Therapeutic Play. Read more
This programme offers the unique perspective that children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to sociocultural, and that our approaches to working should be informed by this dynamic, interactional system. Read more
Children and youth around the world are growing up and living under very different circumstances, yet they still share many experiences. Read more
The MA in Childcare Law and Practice is a popular and successful course. It has been fully revised and redesigned in line with other MA courses at the University to facilitate exchange of modules and a longer period of individual research. Read more
This programme is designed for current and aspiring leaders and managers in childhood practice who have, or are willing, to undertake a practitioner qualification. Read more
Our Childhood Practice Graduate Diploma will give you the skills and knowledge to deliver quality services to children and their parents in an early years setting. Read more
Drawing on current research across the social sciences, government guidance, and legislative frameworks, this degree focuses on the issues that are key in facilitating your professional and academic development as a social worker. This programme is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council. Read more
Safeguarding children is a high profile area of work, where decision making carries a high order of risk for children, their families and those engaged with them. Read more
Students interested in registering for the M.Sc. programme must initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (see here for separate entry under Postgraduate Diplomas). Read more
This national, multi-disciplinary, in-service course is sponsored by the Child and Family Agency and is aimed at experienced, professionally qualified personnel… Read more
Sound professional practice in social work requires you to integrate theory and research with your practice. To do this, you need to be able to reflect on your work critically and think about your practice creatively. Read more
This programme, developed in partnership with the NHS, combines academic teaching with clinical practice training in applied psychology for children and young people. Read more