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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

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  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    10 September 2018

Course content

This unique and internationally renowned exciting Master's in Childhood Studies is a stimulating and cutting edge multi-disciplinary course. The Childhood Studies course is attractive to all students who wish to develop their careers around working with children from birth through to eighteen. We cover a broad range of issues and encourage students to critically reflect on their practice and address theory and relevant research specific to their own interests.

Key Features of Childhood Studies


  • strong links with a range of international networks and similar university departments in Europe and around the world

Teaching and Employability:

  • excellent learning experience and cross cultural views because of international student cohorts
  • opportunity to continue studies to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team
  • opportunity to take part in a local field trip

Childhood Studies Course Content

The course in Childhood Studies is designed for a wide range of professionals working with children. 

A broad range of topics are covered and students are encouraged to critically reflect on their practice and address theory and research relevant to their own interests.

The Childhood Studies course will:

  • reflect upon the nature of childhood as a concept and the way in which it comes to be construed as it is
  • consider holistic child development in contemporary society
  • reflect on childhood and family policy in a variety of contexts
  • consider professional roles (one’s own and others) in relation to services for children and their families
  • encourage critical analysis of research in relation to childhood
  • encourage professional reflective practice.

Childhood Studies students are required to complete a number of compulsory modules. A further two additional modules can be selected.


Childhood Studies students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects, child observations and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. 


Modules on the Childhood Studies may include:

  • Researching Childhood
  • Dissertation
  • Understanding and Observing Child Development
  • Child Health
  • Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Perspectives on Play
  • Advanced Practice with Children
  • Therapeutic Work with Children
  • Common Childhood Illness
  • Childhood Nutrition and Growth

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, Childhood Studies students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

Visit the Childhood Studies MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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