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Childhood Studies MA


Course Description

The College of Human and Health Sciences is committed to providing a multidisciplinary approach to the study of children and childhood. Academic staff have expertise within the fields of education, psychology, law, sociology, health and social care. They have strong links with a range of international networks and similar university departments in Europe and around the world.

Childhood Studies explores how children develop from birth, how they acquire the ability to learn and think for themselves, and how their development is influenced by their families and the communities they live in. It explores topics from broad historical, psychological and sociological perspectives and examines the rights of the child in reference to the UN Convention.

The Master’s in Childhood Studies is designed for a wide range of professionals working with children. A broad range of topics are covered within the Master’s in Childhood Studies 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.

Modules on the Master’s in Childhood Studies typically include:

• Understanding and Observing Child Development
• Children’s Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
• Child Health
• Research Methods

Students then take two modules from the following:

International Perspectives on Play
Therapeutic Work with Children
Advanced Practice with Children

Employability and Career Prospects

Staff on the Childhood Studies programme encourage students to take up voluntary work throughout the programme and have established links to facilitate this. Staff disseminate career information and relevant job advertisements, hold career tutorials, involve past graduates in teaching, and encourage the publication of student research.

Staff expertise and research

Staff who teach on the Childhood Studies master's programme are active researchers in the field and well published.

Students are encouraged to publish their research - and have done so in the past demonstrating the high quality of their work.

The team includes:

Amy Brown – an expert in child health
Jill John – an expert in safeguarding and children’s rights
Pete King – an expert in child development and children’s play across children’s services.
Justine Howard – an expert in child development and play across children’s services
Zac Maunder – an expert in children’s emotional health

Catrin Macaulay has received a distinguished teaching award after being nominated by students at Swansea University.

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



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Entry Requirements

Normal entry requirement of MA Childhood Studies is a 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health). Applicants unsure as to the suitability of their qualifications should contact the admissions tutor. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, must have significant relevant work experience. In these cases the admissions tutor will assess the appropriateness of this experience in relation to the programme. English language requirements are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.

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