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International Child Studies MA

Course Description

Underpinned by a children’s rights framework, the MA International Child Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to promote a rigorous academic approach to contemporary issues in childhood. Sociological perspectives encourage examination of children’s experiences, the ways in which childhood is socially and culturally constructed, and reflection upon international policy and practice.

Key benefits

- Multidisciplinary approach

- Covers latest developments in issues that affect childhood globally

- Largely taught by a wide range of external expert speakers, as well as King's staff from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds

- Opportunity for students to exchange ideas and experiences with those from different disciplines

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/international-child-studies-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Underpinned by a theoretical framework of children's rights, this multidisciplinary programme is designed to encourage students to take a rigorous academic and analytical approach to contemporary issues in childhood which are of relevance to those working or intending to work with or on behalf of vulnerable children. An understanding of sociological perspectives of multiple constructed childhoods is applied to a comparative study of global childhoods, and complements teaching on relevant law and policy, child development, and such contemporary issues as poverty, HIV, child trafficking and child protection.

Our curriculum is subject to change to keep up with policy developments.

- Course purpose -

Our MA International Child Studies is appropriate for professionals working in the statutory or voluntary sector overseas; those aspiring to work in the statutory or voluntary sector overseas who hold a first degree in a relevant subject; and UK professionals working with a diverse population of children/young people.

- Course format and assessment -

Required modules:

- International Child Studies Dissertation
- International Children's Rights
- Global Childhoods

Full-time students take all 180 credits in one academic year. Part-time students normally take all four taught modules in year 1, and research methods training and the dissertation in year 2. However, there is some flexibility, and you may choose to take three taught modules in year 1 and your remaining modules in year 2 if you prefer.

Career prospects

Recent graduate destinations include UNICEF, Children and Families Across Borders, Eastern Washington University (lecturer), Seneca Centre Oakland, California, and DG ECHO (the Humanitarian Aid arm of the EU).

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the International Child Studies MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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4672.jpg "The programme lecturers (both internal and external) along with the diverse student body offer multi-faceted perspectives and have challenged me to approach critical issues with innovative, comprehensive solutions. I have also appreciated the breadth of influences in the course."


Entry Requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.A 2:1 undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to work with children and/or substantial professional work experience in a relevant field.

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