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About Childhood Studies at Swansea University


  • strong links with a range of international networks and similar university departments in Europe and around the world

Teaching and Employability:

  • excellent learning experience and cross cultural views because of international student cohorts
  • opportunity to continue studies to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team
  • opportunity to take part in a local field trip

Course Overview

This unique and internationally renowned exciting Master's in Childhood Studies is a stimulating and cutting edge multi-disciplinary course. The course is attractive to all students who wish to develop their careers around working with children from birth through to eighteen. We cover a broad range of issues and encourage students to critically reflect on their practice and address theory and relevant research specific to their own interests.

The course in Childhood Studies is designed for a wide range of professionals working with children. 

A broad range of topics are covered and students are encouraged to critically reflect on their practice and address theory and research relevant to their own interests.

The 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.

Course structure

Students are required to complete a number of compulsory modules. A further two additional modules can be selected.


Students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects, child observations and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. 

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MA Full-time £5,950 £13,700 MA Part-time £2,950 £6,900 MA Part-time £2,000 £4,500 PGDip Full-time £3,900 £9,150 PGCert Full-time £1,950 £4,600

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

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