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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Please visit our website for details

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Childhood Studies course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    03 June 2019

Studying a Master’s degree in Childhood Studies will give you the knowledge and skills to support children and their families in a range of environments.

You will develop a keen understanding of issues related to child development in contemporary society and how policy and services for children and families are planned and provided.

Throughout your studies in Childhood Studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills valued by employers and develop professional reflective practice techniques.

Why Childhood Studies at Swansea?

Based in our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a diverse teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines.

According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014-2021, over 75% of research carried out at the college was of international or world-leading quality.

We have strong links with a range of research networks and similar departments in universities in Europe and around the world, so your learning is informed by the latest policy and practice developments.

Your Childhood Studies experience

Our academic staff are active in a wide range of research fields, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and current policy and practice expertise.

As a student on the Childhood Studies course, you will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Childhood Studies careers

Your postgraduate qualification in Childhood Studies opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:

  • Children and young people’s services
  • Counselling
  • Local, national and international policy development
  • Research
  • Youth and community work

We also offer supervision if you wish to continue your studies in this field at PhD level. 

Childhood Studies modules

Modules on the Childhood Studies may include:

  • Researching Childhood
  • 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
  • Dissertation

How you're taught on the Childhood Studies course

Throughout the Childhood Studies course you will need to complete a number of compulsory modules with the opportunity to select a further two additional modules.

Your learning will be assessed through written assignments such as research projects, child observations, essays and seminar presentations. You will also need to compile a 20,000 word dissertation.

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

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