Children and Young People (MPhil, PhD)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MPhil, PhD

How long you will study
2 - 6 Years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
October, January, April, July

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Children and Young People at Swansea University

Our early years are critical in forming the behaviours that will influence our lifelong health and well-being. Rapid social and technological changes mean we now have to think differently about how we create a positive environment in which children and young people can develop.

Our particular research expertise falls into four broad categories:

  • Health and Welfare, investigating factors influencing the welfare of children and young people such as health care provision, child abuse and neglect, learning disabilities, play, and homelessness. Recent research projects carried out by students cover children’s free play choices in the school and home, teaching approaches with the Foundation Phase, and looked after children.
  • Child and Youth Identity, exploring the interactions between young people as individual agents, their social environments, and wider social structures that inform their choices and opportunities.
  • Child Development, addressing the range of factors influencing how children learn and develop from early years through to later adolescence, and the ways in which the effects of these factors can be monitored in the play of children.
  • Health Psychology, examining the psychological factors in promoting good health, and developing interventions to encourage children, young people, and pregnant women to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours.

As a student at the College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a dynamic and supportive research environment with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines and develop links with organisations and policy makers both in the UK and globally. As such, you can be confident that your research will inform and be informed by the wider health and social care environment.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMPhil, PhDHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study2 - 6 years
    Course startsOctober, January, April, JulyDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

MPhil: Applicants for MPhil must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University). See - Country-specific Information for European Applicants 2019 and Country-specific Information for International Applicants 2019.

PhD: Applicants for PhD must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level and a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’. Alternatively, applicants with a UK first class honours degree (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) not holding a master’s degree, will be considered on an individual basis. See - Country-specific Information for European Applicants 2019 and Country-specific Information for International Applicants 2019

English Language
IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 6.5) or Swansea University recognised equivalent. Full details of our English Language policy, including certificate time validity, can be found here.

As well as academic qualifications, Admissions decisions may be based on other factors, including (but not limited to): the standard of the research synopsis/proposal, performance at interview, intensity of competition for limited places, and relevant professional experience.

What students think about Swansea University

    Farhana Jaidin, Brunei (Politics)

    Swansea has a lot of tourist attractions and aside from that, the city is bustling with every entertainment you could think of, cinemas, restaurants, occasional student gatherings, you name it!

    Swansea is also within easy reach from London or Cardiff Airport, three hours and an hour respectively, so it is effortless if students want to travel for a mini weekend break.

    People in Swansea live in a close community so you don’t feel left out. You are so much in a part of the family as everyone else is. The student societies are very active in Swansea University and there are a lot of choices to choose from.

    Abir Abdul-Rahim, Malaysia

    Where are you from?
    Shah Alam, Malaysia

    Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?
    Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Kuala Lumpur for A Levels.
    Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan for high school.

    Why choose Swansea University?
    Low cost living and student life here is said to be good. Making it a conducive environment to study.

    What course are you doing?
    BSc Actuarial Science

    What do you do in your free time?
    I am involved with student body organisation based in London called UKEC (United Kingdom and Eire Council). It's a representative of all Malaysian Societies in the UK and Eire. Am currently the National Treasurer of it.

    What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?
    Being part of the societies and organized student events for our fellow students here. It has helped me to mingle well with the other nationalities.

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