United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Child Studies MA is a demanding course that concentrates on an academic and analytical approach to modern-day issues of childhood. The course features a range of modules that are highly relevant to those who are working or intending to work with vulnerable children. We welcome graduates from a variety of disciplines and professions including medicine, education, law, social care, psychology and sociology.

The course combines a range of required and optional modules to a value of between 180 and 190 credits. In addition to a required dissertation, you will take required modules covering Children's Rights and Child Protection, and then choose from a wide range of relevant optional modules, such as Global Childhoods, Child Health & Development, and Psychology & Learning.

Key benefits:

  • The MA Child Studies is delivered by internationally renowned speakers, clinicians and academics.
  • We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to childhood issues and current policy developments.
  • You will study modules based on contemporary issues in child protection and children's rights.
  • We provide opportunities for you to collaborate and share ideas and experiences with others from different disciplines.

Who should take this course

The course is particularly suited to anyone in a child safeguarding role, including social workers, child and family lawyers, named or designated health practitioners, teachers, police officers and NGO staff.

You will normally be required to have a 2:1 honours degree in a subject relevant to work with children and/or substantial professional experience in a relevant field.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-190 credits.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will be delivered over two years, and you will normally study the four taught modules in Year 1, and research methods training and the dissertation in Year 2. There is some flexibility and you may prefer to study three taught modules in Year 1 and the remaining modules in Year 2. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Children's Rights (30 credits)
  • Child Protection (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to select modules totalling 60-70 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Child Health & Development (30 credits)
  • Global Childhoods (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Internship Module (30 credits)
  • You may take up to 30-40 credits of relevant option modules from another course, subject to approval from the Programme Director.

Your 60-70 optional module credits may include one 'Education' module from the following list of typical modules:

  • Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
  • The Social Context of Education (30 credits)


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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