International Child Studies

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

Course Overview

Our International Child Studies MA is a multidisciplinary course designed to promote a rigorous academic approach to contemporary issues in childhood, underpinned by a children's rights framework. By taking a sociological perspective we encourage you to examine children's experiences, the ways in which childhood is socially and culturally constructed, and to reflect on international policy and practice.

Key benefits:

  • Multidisciplinary approach.
  • Covers latest developments in issues that affect childhood globally.
  • Taught by a wide range of external expert speakers, as well as our own staff, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with students from different disciplines.

Who should take this course

This course is particularly appropriate if you work in the statutory or voluntary sector overseas or aspire to work in these sectors.

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. If your first degree is in a subject not related to international development or issues affecting children, you should set out what professional or other skills and experience you would bring to the programme.



Course content

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

If you are studying the part-time course, you will typically take two required 30 credit modules and two optional 30 credit modules in Year 1. In Year 2, you will typically take research methods training and the 60 credit dissertation. You may alternatively choose to take only three taught modules in Year 1 and your remaining modules in Year 2 if you prefer.

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:

  • International Children's Rights (30 credits)
  • Global Childhoods (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 to 70 credits from a range of options that may include:

  • Child Health & Development (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • International Child Protection (30 credits)
  • Internship module (30 credits)
  • One 'Education' module from either Psychology & Learning (30 credits) or International & Comparative Education (30 credits)
  • 30 to 40 relevant credits from another course, approved by the programme director.


  • 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.

How to enroll?

Provide us with your contact details, course provider will get back to you.

A representative from King's College London will contact you soon.